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Desc:President Bartlett silences a right wing critic
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Comment count is 43
Caminante Nocturno - 2008-02-26
Oh, how vicarious!
Jeff Fries - 2008-02-26
Albuquerque Halsey - 2008-02-26

Xenocide - 2008-02-26
EvilHomer - 2008-02-26
Yeah, and why doesn't God heal amputees?

I'd like to imagine TV land Fox News taking the President's "I'm interested in selling my young daughter into slavery" sound bite completely out of context and leading to a massive PR disaster, complete with formal apologies, irate family interest lobby groups, and Jessie Jackson.
Hooper_X - 2008-02-26
Hooper_X - 2008-02-26
the most hilarious part of this thing is that it turned directly into an email forward that I must have gotten a dozen times. like, fucking verbatim, from "doctor laura is not a real doctor" all the way to "can I boil my mom in a pot?"

ProfessorChaos - 2008-02-26
Badass, for sure.
I'd like to point out that an using the bible literally to defeat a right-wing nut is no better then BEING a right-wing nut and reading the bible literally in the first place.
zatojones - 2008-02-26
I think that's sort of the point. If adhering to the bible with 100% absolute literality makes him sound like a nut it also makes everyone else sound like a nut

Senator_Unger - 2008-02-26
I'm sure if he had let her respond, she would have enthusiastically endorsed doing everything he suggested. "A guy who works on the sabbath? Where's the closest rock!?"
grimcity - 2008-02-26
I certainly hope I'm never burned by a fictional President!
zatojones - 2008-02-26
needs to end with a BOOYAH
linnjob - 2008-12-26
that, or just a big "WHAT!!!"

i love the west wing! well, at least the first 3 or 4 seasons. president bartlett is so dreamy!

elm axo - 2008-02-26
Uh Mr President, you forgot to make your speech
Roachbud - 2008-02-26
After that speech he went into the Heart of Darkness to eliminate Col Kurtz
Dinky Patterson - 2008-02-26
"Are you an assassin?"
"I'm a soldier."
"You're neither. You're a bouncer."

GoneGirl - 2008-02-26
No, after that speech he pressed the red button that blows up the world because Walken is a terrible shot.

Cinnamon Imperialist - 2008-02-26
Man, strawmen are hilarious from right-wing nutjobs, but smug liberal strawmen are just grating, especially when said strawman reads like something you'd get forwarded to your inbox by that fat outspoken atheist on YouTube.
futurebot - 2008-02-26
Yeah, that's a pretty worn a flimsy rebuttal he gave there. If you ever say that to a conservative Christian, the response is always "Yeah that's old testament, the new testament say no homosexuals AND doesn't say all of the crazy stuff about selling your daughter into slavery, so we go by that!"

The proper response to people who use Scripture to persecute homosexuals is some variation on "shut up," not trying to play their religious game against them.

IrishWhiskey - 2008-02-26
Works fine against the fundementalist pundits who do quote the Old Testament. Which is almost all of them.

Screwtape - 2008-02-26

Yeah, "strawman". In reality, there isn't anyone who really things that Fags are an abomination or feel that the bible can only be interpreted literally. Those crazy Hollywood liberals, making up rightwing stereotypes!

EvilHomer - 2008-02-26
Oh, there are people like that, but they can easily deflect things like "I should be stoning my kids". People who care enough about the Bible to use it literally usually care enough about the Bible to learn the difference between ceremonial and moral law, and it's easy enough for them to argue that "No faggotry" falls under moral laws which remained unaltered by the Big J.

Now you might be able to back some hardcore Jews into the corner with those tricks, but then again I've never seen a Jew advocate public stoning or abortion clinic bombing.

takewithfood - 2008-02-26
The fact that she's also smarmy and rude ruins it. I don't like it when the odd man out is portrayed as a horrible excuse for a human being, as though that goes hand in hand with having a certain point of view.

This feels like the quality of crap as the "atheist during the rapture" video.

takewithfood - 2008-02-26
That made sense in my head.

TeenerTot - 2008-02-26
The speach was okay. 4 stars for Rob Lowe taking her crab puff. NYAH!
citrusmirakel - 2008-02-26
That some fine pwnage.
glasseye - 2008-02-26
I love it when empty-headed right-wing psychopaths get their antiquated theology used against them. Even in fiction.
DrVital - 2008-02-26
The brilliance of this scene isn't the attack, it's the fact that he's justified in going after her because she's being rude, but they don't let the audience know it until the end.
theSnake - 2008-02-26
Its funny because this is all shit most of us figured out in our teens, but the writers of this show think it makes for new and exciting drama. I hate this show.
The Great Hippo - 2008-02-26
The perfect punchline to this would have been: "I'd love to, Mr. President, if I wasn't paralyzed from the waist down."

Still, yeah, it's a great moment in what otherwise de-evolved into an imaginary uber-liberal wankfest.
Billie_J_Buttfuck - 2008-02-26
Seconded, but I'm living for a moment like this to happen.

NoCode - 2008-02-26
Five stars explicitly for Rob Lowe stealing her food, -1 for some idiot turning this into the world's most annoying email forward.
The Great Hippo - 2008-02-26
I might be wrong on this, but I'm pretty sure the email came BEFORE the episode; the scene is actually just a remake of the (in)famous email.

baleen - 2008-02-26

My only problem with this is that a real rightwing pundit would be overjoyed at getting so much attention, not ashamed. She'd be thinking about this story for years. It would sell her books on its own.
charmlessman - 2008-02-26
That made me tickle on the inside.
rulestein - 2008-02-26
1 star for confusing the old testament and new testament.
The Great Hippo - 2008-02-26
Considering that she justified herself with the old testament, responding with old testament scripture seems perfectly reasonable.

Of course, a smart fundie wouldn't justify themselves with the old testament.

baleen - 2008-02-27

Yeah I'd get into St. Paul and Romans and steer clear of Leviticus completely if I was a smart fundie, which I'm not.

andru strange - 2008-02-26
do you own a bible without the old testament, gaylord?
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2008-02-27
I love how America is obsessed with having as many fictional presidents as it can cram down its TV gullet. So quick are we to forget reality, which if portrayed in this scene would go something along the lines of the president singling her out so he could kiss her ass and say what a good doctor she was.
quantumcreep - 2008-09-23
I think it just shows our desperation.

Goethe and ernie - 2008-11-29
"OOH BUT WHAT ABOUT MENSTRUATING WOMEN TOUCHING MY POTS?!" shut the fuck up shut the fuck up SHUT THE FUCK UP, this shit's become as ubiquitous and irritating as people saying they like pirates and ninjas. Fuck this shit, it's the idiot's argument against religion.
tiermann - 2009-03-23
amazing show, too bad studio 60 didn't do so great...
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