‘Cause you wouldn’t make it in jail, Don. I’d survive, but you wouldn’t. In fact, I’d thrive. How do you figure? Shawshank. I’d do everybody’s taxes and invest the warden’s money. What are you gonna do? Produce their nightly news show?
The greater fool is actually an economic term. The greater fool is a patsy. For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool, someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their lives trying not to be the greater fool; we toss him the hot potato, we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.
Short Answer: No, mostly because I don’t think it is conscious on his part.
The issue with the West Wing (especially the Sorkin era) is that it’s mainly written by Sorkin himself. While that leads to amazing speeches and a wonderfully written show. It also leads to there being a very singular view of issues. Which is also the reason why that part of the show is more like a political fairy tale than anything else. It is what Sorkin wants politics to look like.
One main issue that was out of his control, is that you need someone for exposition. People who work in the White House know what they are doing (at least until recently). They are highly trained operatives and are experts in policy. In other words, they know way more than the average viewer. So these concepts need to be boiled down to for the viewers. Which is were Donna comes in. She is the conduit for the viewer. Through her questions Josh gets to explain to the audience what’s going on. This makes her look dumb because real White House assistants know at least the basics about the policy their bosses are working on. It also doesn’t help that there isn’t a single male assistant in the show, and that there is only one female senior staffer (CJ). Who almost always needs schooling on the finer policy points, even after years of working in politics. Again some of this changes when she becomes Chief of Staff and Donna moves out, but it’s always there.
Another thing is that the show ended more than a decade ago (I know crazy). Things were a lot different then, character like Ross Geller (the nice guy) were at the height of their power. As I have said before people learn and change. I for one think that The Newsroom is a step up for Sorkin. While the whole Jim mansplaining to Maggie thing is annoying, but is also a conduit for the audience. Sloan and MacKenzie is constantly putting men through their paces (see Sloan’s interview with website asshole).
Please don’t transfer one of us. We don’t work together enough, but the little we do works. And if you ask Sloan to choose between me and her job, you wouldn’t be able to get that sentence out before she said her job. And I really like her and I’m trying to be good enough and this here is the best thing that I do.