As everyone knows, block of cheese days are the best days. We get a chance to see the best of America's crackpots, some of whom even make sense. I remember map day the best, but Pluie is also a standout ("That's the best part - with donations, subsidies, and corporate sponsorship, the whole thing will only … Continue reading Ep. 1-5: Block of Cheese Day #1
This is the first episode where we actually get to see some legislative wrangling take place, rather than just watching pre- or post-wrangling walk-and-talk in the West Wing. In short, passing bills is hard, especially when the VP is working against you. Also, the gun control debate unfortunately doesn't seem to have changed much in the … Continue reading Ep. 1-4: 5 Votes, or, How Sausage is Made
I forgive everything that (didn't) happen in the last episode because this one was so great. Every three minutes, someone was having a high-flown philosophical debate that could make for an entire one of these blog posts. Proportional response is the most obvious (I mean, it's the episode title), but we can also talk about Syria, holding … Continue reading Ep. 1-3: What is the Virtue of a Proportional Response?
I'm sorry to say that the second episode fails to live up to the promise of the pilot. A lot is going on, but we're not let into what any of it is. Some golfers are mad at a joke; Ms. GTA is mad at a bill; CJ is mad at a comment about another bill; … Continue reading Ep. 1-2: Lots of Bills. Also, Immigration.
Ah, the pilot. So many familiar faces. Sam Seaborn! Grumpy Toby! Josh's old flame who I completely forgot existed! And, of course, the big reveal - the doofus bike-crashing president marching in to recite scripture from memory and banish the humiliated Mary Marsh back to her controversial talk shows. It's great. It makes me want to binge … Continue reading Ep. 1-1: Cubans in Rowboats
So, things are looking a little dark right now. It's not much of an exaggeration to say that much of our democracy will be tested to its limits over the next four years. We'll find out how much of our government we've taken for granted in its sudden absence. The difference between "norms" and "laws" is pointed out … Continue reading What’s Next, America?