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The next challenge for the writers was to make politicians, especially our nation's leaders, look stupid. As a libertarian I can appreciate that. But it takes some finesse. You have to have smart people as standards in order to portray lamebrains. The Three Stooges were the standard against which Nazis, gangsters, and other bullies were set. Writing from the post modernist school, The Veep has no standards: everyone is dumber than the audience. On the other hand, in The West Wing, the dullards included Gov. Robert Ritchie of Florida (played by James Brolin), and Dr. Jenna Jacobs (Claire Yarlette). Of course, we had a couple dozen smart people from both parties to compare them to. The Veep could use one.
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