'Apocalypse' now: West Wing cast reunion for 'nonpartisan' election plea
September 20th, 2012
02:55 PM ET
2 years ago

'Apocalypse' now: West Wing cast reunion for 'nonpartisan' election plea

(CNN) - A candidate for Michigan's Supreme Court is getting a little help from "The West Wing"… television show.

Bridget Mary McCormack, whose sister Mary McCormack played deputy national security adviser Kate Harper on NBC's television series "The West Wing," is on the ballot this fall in Michigan as a nonpartisan candidate for the state's Supreme Court.

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Her campaign "The Bridget Mary McCormack for Justice Campaign" has paid for a YouTube video that has the show's cast reprising their roles as West Wing problem solvers focusing on the thorny issue of the nonpartisan section of the ballot, and one particular cast member's sister who happens to be on it.

Hoping to boost November turnout for candidate McCormack and to drive general nonpartisan ballot voting awareness, the "West Wing" star and her former cast mates shot two versions of the four minute video which taps into several quintessential moments from the hit show. One version focuses strictly on promoting nonpartisan ballot awareness and the other also advocates for McCormack.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the campaign does not plan to air the video as a paid advertisement.

The video, titled "Walk-and-Talk-the-Vote," opens with Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) throwing a ball against his office wall. Soon he's joined by McCormack and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) who then "walk and talk" their way to meet the rest of the cast including Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol Fitzpatrick), Lily Tomlin (Mrs. Fiderer) and the President himself Martin Sheen (Josiah "Jed" Bartlet).

"All it would take really is a gentle reminder for people to look for the nonpartisan section on their ballot and go vote there. I was thinking we'd make a video," says Allison Janney playing White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg.

"Right," Bradley Whitford playing Josh Lyman says, "Maybe with beloved TV personalities, one of them might be considered a movie-star handsome Louis C. K.?"

"Really?" asks McCormack the actress, playing character Harper.

"Read the message boards," he retorts.

OK, well, fans of the show will like it.

Absent from the reunion are John Spencer (Leo McGarry), who died in 2005, and Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), who according to Mary McCormack's official Twitter feed was out of town during filming.

To view the video, click here.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    And then of course there is all the publicity that CNN gives this lame video for free....

    September 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If it gets citizens to vote, I'd be for most things. I don't understand why people who have the time and ability to vote don't. It makes us look foolish.

    September 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Lionel

    A non partisan candidate. I like it.

    September 20, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. RealityBites

    Hollywood experienced Supreme Court.Judge.., no thanks

    September 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Wilson

    I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. We, here in America need to learn from that.

    September 20, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Obamacare = Obama cares about the young, elderly, poor and disabled. Romneycare = "I don't care about the poor"! Repeal? Replace? With What?

    After the election land slide for President O, the baggers and "chri$tians" in the GOP will be waiting for the rapture prior to the "end of days" on 12/21/12!

    hehehe

    September 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Thomas

    GIVE ME A BREAK CNN !

    Who will play the empty chair ?

    September 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Travis

    @ S.B. Stein E.B. NJ
    " I don't understand why people who have the time and ability to vote don't. It makes us look foolish."

    Maybe it's because those people no longer feel that they're being represented by either party. I would be interested to see how many people vote for someone who is neither Repulican or Democrat in this election versus the last one. I'd be willing to bet that number will increase.

    September 20, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Ronda in Houston,TX

    What is this CNN? Are you kidding me? Why aren't you reporting on the Jobs Bill that the Senate yesterday voted down for our veterans that would have created much needed employment for them. What does this article have to do with Washington D.C. and the real issues at hand?

    September 20, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Ken in MD

    @RealityBites – Hollywood experienced Supreme Court.Judge.., no thanks

    As opposed to the Hollywood experienced President we had some time back?

    September 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. dcdevane

    God I've missed those characters! GREAT AD. I hope it helps both that particular candidate and helps to educate people about voting for the non-partisan part of the ticket. Good job.

    September 20, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. peakprofit

    Absent also is Rob Lowe. This is amplified by the fact that McCormack's husband is the producer of Brothers & Sisters, in which Lowe plays a pronounced role. I realize there was a bit of friction when Lowe left the show. But I guess nobody in Sorkinland likes him very much.

    September 20, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. cryofpaine

    This was such a great show. It was so fun to see this this morning, just like old times. Makes me sad when you compare them to actual politics. Why is it so difficult to find real people like this to be candidates?

    September 20, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Susan

    @RealityBites – Hollywood experienced Supreme Court.Judge.., no thanks

    I don't remember her from the West Wing, or any other show for that matter. Her SISTER has the Hollywood experience. I sure hope you aren't registered to vote.

    September 20, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    Great video with a great message: Get out and VOTE!

    P.S. The McCormack woman are inspiring in their success!

    September 20, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @Travis "Maybe it's because those people no longer feel that they're being represented by either party. "

    Hey, it is not a choice between two parties! That is a media / DNC / RNC lie. If you are considering not voting – get out and vote your favorite 3rd party. More voters do this every year and it will register your displeasure with red / blue lockstep circus. Make the Status Quo a little nervous!

    September 20, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    @RealityBites: "Hollywood experienced Supreme Court.Judge.., no thanks"

    Watch the ad! Mary McCormack is an actress; the candidate, Bridget Mary McCormack, is the judge, an experienced one at that.

    September 20, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. myado

    I love this ad! You see, we can do something positive that is also political

    September 20, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. merlemorrigan

    Love it, missed the cast and characters so much.

    September 20, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. jaketinback

    Yeah the show was SO Nonpartisan.....NOT. Might as well have been a campaign add for the democratic party. Started out good and then turned the corner into a full fledged talking point program for the libs. Too bad.

    September 20, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Katie

    I loved the West Wing. Wonderfully written. fast-paced, well acted, and it showed politicians WORKING, not just sniping at each other.

    September 20, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. Connie

    Oh stop it! That's a pretty cute video!

    September 20, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. Randolph

    I wish Jed Bartlet was one of our choices in November!

    September 20, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. Bridget

    I need ro look again at anyone who spells "Bridget" right.

    We all have our standards. :-)

    September 20, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. oh well

    maybe we don't vote because our state is already "red" or "blue" and our vote can't change anything about that.
    Do away with the electoral College and count popular vote. Then we will vote!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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