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listen if they set up a parallel for anyone to inherit jed’s legacy, it’s either charlie young or donna moss and listen charlie as donna’s vp
donna, who made almost the exact same analogy as the president did when talking about economies–josh originally laughing at her diet analogy of all things in moderation–that is, until the president says almost the exact same thing, but using different language. Donna, who came up with the idea of nominating both christopher mullreedy and evelyn baker lang to the court and it worked, who can take issues and explain them in terms the everday american can still understand, without fully taking away the nuance and complexities–but she’s not richie, she’s not just “10 words or less,” and she can still easily absorb information like a sponge.
She’s constantly giving fun facts about what’s going on yes (just like Jed) but it’s also from what she learns from politics as well–she knew the filibuster rules intimately, despite the fact that at the time her only foray into the world of politics was as the deputy chief of staff’s assistant, with no one else including the President knowing the rules.
there’s also the fact that when josh was shot, back in season 2, he was out of commission for months and yet? when he got back? there was no one at his desk, there was no replacement. CJ Cregg was gone for like a day and as the Chief of Staff and you had Toby saying on national tv she was going to swat at suicide bombers with her purse. You know who was probably running that office?
CJ Cregg, who was making 500,000 a year in Hollywood, tells Donna that Josh is never going to find someone as good as she was. CJ has experience with assistants ok. This is the White House–do you know how many applicants there would be to be Josh Lyman’s assistant (that old friend of Donna’s said it: that’s like a Master’s degree in public policy. Season 3 Donna was considered valuable enough that she thought her starting salary was their entire budget). In like a year she rapidly improves as well, becoming indispensable to the Bob Russell campaign. (listen we don’t talk about the chicken suit moment ok. Bartlet rode his bicycle in a tree. This is her bicycle accident alright)
“ Every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a
challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that that capacity may well be
And there’s that line when they got stuck behind in Iowa from Jed Bartlet, President of the United States: “300 IQ points between them, they can’t find their way home. I swear to God, If Donna wasn’t there they’d have to buy a house.”
And keep in mind Donna probably had extremely limited experience before coming to the Bartlet for America campaign. She didn’t have a college degree, and was at best going from temp job to temp job. And even comparing her to the other assistants, except maybe Margaret and Mrs. Landingham, who’s probably been with Leo and in politics for years, she became brilliant at her job.
So much of Donna’s outward appearance is wrapped up in the pretty smile and the blonde hair and the oh shucks wholesome, Midwestern farm girl image that people don’t realize behind that is a razor sharp wit, someone who is ruthlessly compeent, possesses a brilliant mind that is so overwhelmingly observant–she sees everything (you know who noticed there was something wrong with Josh first, right before he got diagnosed with PTSD? Not his best friends, not his boss, not his surrogate father–Donna), and someone who could eat you alive if she wanted.
And every single task Josh has ever given to Donna, she’s done it–Josh. This isn’t CJ or Sam or hell even Toby. This Josh “Mr Secret Plan to fight inflation” Lyman. Do you know how many idiotic and seemingly impossible tasks he’s probably given her. Do you.
”If you were in an accident I wouldn’t stop for a beer”
“If you were in an accident i wouldn’t stop for red lights” Donna would eviscerate anyone who hurt who she cared about –and now, unlike when she was “just” an assistant, she has the means as well now.
You want to talk to me about the two Bartlets? What about the two Donnas?