The West Wing Does A Get Out The Vote Ad

Fans of The West Wing will appreciate this:

The piece is an ad (well, not really an ad since it’s 4 minutes long) for Bridget Mary McCormack, a Michigan law professor running on a non-partisan ballot for the Michigan Supreme Court, who just happens to be the sister of Mary McCormack, who played Kate Harper, an NSA aide during the final three seasons.

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  1. Vast Variety says:

    The guy who plays Josh has put on weight.

  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    @Vast Variety:

    Yeah I’ve noticed that. He was in Cabin in the Woods and was lighter…looked like he hadn’t aged a day. He puts on weight and he looks 10 years older.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    On a related note, Joshua Malina leaked photos of this campaign commercial, but didn’t identify why. Cue West Wing Movie rumors….

  4. @Neil Hudelson:

    Heh. Yes, I remember the Twitter excitement over that. This explains it.

  5. michael reynolds says:

    Hey got off his back. Sometimes people put on a few pounds when they get older. Shut up.

  6. @Vast Variety: Hey, at least he made it this time around (see The West Wing ‘Walk & Talk’.

  7. How does this qualify as a “get out the vote” ad? It’s clearly advocating for a specific candidate.

  8. James Joyner says:
  9. Motopilot says:

    @michael reynolds: Sorry, man. I meant to press “Like”, but fat-fingered my iPad and registered some Dislike.

  10. JKB says:

    So the solution is not to be a party hack, make conscious choices in all the races and you won’t miss the good stuff in the non-partisan part of the ballot.

    But isn’t asking people to not be automatons who see voting as a chore undermining all the work of the organizations like ACORN and such?

  11. KariQ says:

    @michael reynolds:

    Hey got off his back. Sometimes people put on a few pounds when they get older. Shut up.

    Unless the person is a woman, then she’s fair game. Worst of all, she’ll probably continue to see that “Marilyn Monroe was not a size 12” headline years after the article was written listed in the “recent activity” sidebar. Which is really my main question: Why on earth does that article keep appearing on my “recent activity” list?

    (I really don’t mean to turn this into a gender issue thread, I’m just hoping that Marilyn will stop being a “recent” thread for me soon).