Entertainment Politics

February 11, 2013 - 4:30 AM
FILE - In this March 31, 2009 file photo, actors from "The West Wing" from left, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, and Bradley Whitford prepare to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington during an event supporting the "Faces of the Employee Free Choice Act," campaign. For seven years, from 1999 to 2006, the NBC drama “The West Wing” showed America the inner workings of President Josiah Bartlet's made-up White House. Re-watching its episodes today, it's difficult to ignore the parallels between the fiction of then and the reality of today. Since the show ended, the line between the authentic and the packaged in Washington seems to have grown increasingly fuzzy, not just in our politics but now, also, in governing itself. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)