The West Wing Revisited: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

by alex_gaynor

Two commissioners resign from the Federal Elections Committee. Though nominations for the FEC are made by the President, traditionally the nominees have been selected by the congressional leadership from both sides of the aisle.

Danny Concannon, the White House correspondent for the Washington Post, has obtained a copy of a memo Mandy Hampton, a senior member of President Bartlet's campaign and now White House staffer, had written while she was working a Democratic senator who opposed the President. It outlines the President's weaknesses and says that Chief of Staff Leo McGarry pulls the President in from more extreme positions. He writes an article about this.

We learn that the President's job approval rating is at 42% (CNN / USA Today).


Hi, I'm Alex. I'm currently at a startup called Alloy. Before that I was a engineer working on Firefox security and before that at the U.S. Digital Service. I'm an avid open source contributor and live in Washington, DC.