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Original Airdate 03-02-05

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The House speaker (Steven Culp) won't schedule a stem-cell bill while Democratic campaigners are in town, so Santos plans a ruse. And Barlet has an unwanted reunion with the ecomomist (Mako) with whom he split the Nobel prize. The two are professional rivals and don't like each other. Meanwhile, Toby is charmed by a group of youngsters who are demanding the right to vote, and Kate Harper (Mary McCormack) must deal with a "border skirmish" with Canada.
From NBC:
Santos (Jimmy Smits) masterminds a plot to pass the president's stem cell bill while the Republicans aren't looking. A group of middle school children who are part of the Future Leaders for Democracy visit the White House and seek out Toby (Richard Schiff) to discuss the voting age. Kate (Mary McCormack) has to deal with an impending invasion of Canada.
From Warner Bros.:
Congressman Santos (Jimmy Smits) masterminds a plot to pass the President's stem cell bill while the Republicans aren't paying attention. Members of a group of middle school children who are part of the Future Leaders for Democracy visit the White House and seek out Toby to discuss the voting age. And Kate deals with an impending invasion of Canada.


Stockard Channing as Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D. First Lady
Allison Janney as C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg Chief of Staff
Joshua Malina as Will (William) Bailey Vice President's Chief of Staff
Mary McCormack as Kate (Katherine) Harper Deputy National Security Advisor
Janel Moloney as Donna (Donnatella) Moss Russell Campaign Staffer
Richard Schiff as Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler Communications Director
John Spencer as Leo Thomas McGarry Former Chief of Staff
Bradley Whitford as Josh (Joshua) Lyman Santos Campaign Manager
Jimmy Smits as
Matthew Vincente Santos Rep. D-TX
Martin Sheen as
Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet President of the United States
Special Guest Stars    
Kristin Chenoweth as Annabeth Schott Deputy Press Secretary
Mark Feuerstein as Cliff (Clifford) Calley Deputy Chief of Staff
Guest Starring    
Steven Culp as Jeff Haffley Speaker of the House
Mako as Dr. Yosh Takahashi Nobel Laureate in Economics
Jack Conley as Major  
NiCole Robinson as Margaret Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
Nathan Brooks Burgess as Junior Arkansas  
Seth Adkins as Cody Zucker Future Leaders for Democracy
Landry Allbright as Elisha Future Leaders for Democracy
William O'Leary as Deputy Fish and Wildlife
James Lashly as Canadian Ambassador  
Mindy Seeger as Chris Reporter
Fred Ornstein as Older Congressman Harry Wade
Jonathan Goldstein as Knocking Congressman  
Ken Strunk as Republican Congressman  
Cheryl Carter as Younger Congresswoman Congresswoman Haas
Monica Garcia as Santos Aide  
Carol Avery as Maryland Congresswoman Congresswoman Gleeson
Robert Martin Robinson as Fecteau  
Darren Robertson as Congressional Staffer  
Mary-Pat Green as Vermont Congresswoman previously Senator Choate
Ernie Lively as Georgia Congressman Greg

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WGA Awards

Episodic Drama Nomination for
Carol Flint

Young Artist Award

Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Nomination for
Seth Adkins

Media Quotes

Between Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, the Zogby folks polled 5,505 "West Wing" fans, a group Zogby claims was "weighted to ensure it reflects the partisan breakdown of the U.S. population, and not just the demographic that views 'The West Wing' frequently or occasionally."

In that poll, Santos would receive 44 percent of the vote to the 28 percent for Vinick. A healthy 19 percent of all people, who watch a scripted television show where they can't really vote for the various made-up politicians, remain undecided.

Vinick and Santos are tied among males, but women favor Santos 53 percent to 22 percent. In a somewhat more relevant question, when those polled were asked which character would make for a more interesting television show, Santos was at 44 percent to Vinick's 31 percent.

"While the American people don.t go to the polls to elect a real-life president for some time, the attention of political junkies will be riveted to their television sets this fall," says pollster John Zogby, perhaps taking this thing a little too seriously. "Unless Vinick can shore up his base, and make inroads among women, expect a Santos victory. Expect to see Vinick work to reach out to women as the campaign season wears on."

"Poll: Voters Favor Smits for 'West Wing' Presidency"
March 2, 2005

There is a serious side to the poll, Zogby said.

"There are three nerve centers in this country. There's New York, which is money; Washington, which is power; and Hollywood, which is culture," he said. "We already do New York and Washington."

The interactive computer poll was conducted Feb. 18-25 and the results were based on the answers of 5,505 American adults nationwide who said they were viewers of the hit show. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 0.7 percentage points.

"Poll: Santos leads Vinick to succeed President Bartlet"
March 2, 2005

In this week's episode of "The West Wing," a group of teenage lobbyists visits the White House seeking support for a constitutional amendment to lower, or even abolish, the minimum voting age. "No one pays attention to us because we're powerless," one future leader of America complains. "We have no voice."

When a presidential adviser points out that teens are more vulnerable to coercion, and less likely to have fully developed reasoning faculties, the youthful lobbyists rejoin that the same arguments were invoked to prevent women and African Americans from voting well into the 20th Century.

I don't know many parents who want to extend suffrage to every middle school student. But perhaps, as we consider how to hold our youngest citizens accountable for themselves, we should consider how to make ourselves more accountable to them.

"Give teens the power they deserve"
by Brian Dickerson
March 4, 2005
Detroit Free Press

A poll conducted by the real-life political pollsters Zogby International found that Santos of Houston holds a 16-point lead over his Republican rival from California, played by Alan Alda.

"I'm very flattered by that, but considering the polls in the recent elections I only put so much credence in them," says Smits, 49.

"Smits might be next 'president'"
by Diane Holloway
March 4, 2005
Austin American-Statesman

"I'm very flattered by that and Zogby's very respected as we all know, but considering the effect that polls had on the 2000 election and the more recent election, I can only put so much credence into the polls," he [Jimmy Smits] said, then laughing.

"Popular vote gives election to Smits' Santos on 'West Wing'"
by Sarah Rodman
April 6, 2005
Boston Herald

The television series The West Wing about the life and times of a fictional US president was the inspiration for the "rebellion by stealth" that humbled Tony Blair and his Chief Whip, Hilary Armstrong.

Slumped in front of the television on Sunday night, one of the leaders of the revolt watched with growing interest as Democrats won a key vote on stem cell research by pretending not to be around.

The congressmen hid in an empty office and then triumphantly emerged in force when the vote was called by the unsuspecting Republican speaker.

"That's where the idea came from," the MP, who declined to be identified, told The Daily Telegraph. "We had no big press conferences, no events announcing the coming protest. It was directly inspired by the West Wing," he said.

The Tories toasted their success with champagne on Tuesday night. Not only had the Labour whips blundered by failing to appreciate the scale of the rebellion on their own side: they had also been outsmarted by a classic "under the radar" whipping operation by the Tories.

As a result, Labour crashed to only its second and third Commons defeats since Tony Blair came to power in 1997.

To add to Miss Armstrong's embarrassment, the Government lost the second, crucial division by just one vote. Had Mr Blair stayed - and not gone back to No 10 as he was told he could - it would have been a tie.

"Blair's whips fooled by West Wing plot"
by Brendan Carlin, George Jones and Toby Helm
February 2, 2006

Senior ministers are seeking to punish a leading rebel backbencher following two embarrassing defeats in the Commons this week over the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.

The Chief Whip, Hilary Armstrong, who has been accused of bungling the votes, is also expected to crack down on Labour MPs to force through highly controversial measures on ID cards and anti-terror laws. They will be prevented from using "slips" to excuse themselves from Commons votes and will have foreign travel curtailed.

But others still blame the Chief Whip. A Liberal Democrat whip said: "Armstrong was complacent. We knew we could win, but we didn't let them have any clues." The Liberal Democrats used a plot in the US West Wing television series in which rebels ambushed a Democrat [Republican] majority by hiding before a vote.

" Rebel ringleader faces Labour plot to oust him from seat"
by Colin Brown
February 3, 2006
The Independent

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