sam-seaborn

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When Josh gets revved up in that scene in the Oval… that is so good. Like, you could give Bradley the Emmy for just that one scene. He does a lot of good work in this episode, but that moment when he loses it, that is a marriage of the performance and the writing, the way he repeats “Listen to me.” He keeps saying it, and it feels real. It feels like somebody who is losing their temper.Hrishi Hirway

Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes. We need gigantic monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That’s my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.
—  Sam Seaborn, The West Wing
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This episode of The West Wing first aired November 24th, 1999. Rob Lowe’s character Sam Seaborn is arguing against the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee who has a shaky position on the right to privacy– specifically, the guy doesn’t think it’s constitutionally guaranteed. 

Yes, everyone loves talking about how this show has anticipated many of the political moments of the early aughts. That said–even if this quote only serves as a reminder that the debates du jour are not something we’re just alighting upon now, that seems like reason enough to revisit it.