This video, reuniting the cast of The West Wing comes courtesy of the Bridget McCormack for Michigan Supreme Court campaign–McCormick is the sister of West Wing’s Mary McCormack who played the national security adviser to Martin Sheen’s President Josiah Bartlet. Sheen is featured, as are Lily Tomlin, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford and other favorite cast members.
While it highlights Bridget McCormack’s qualifications for the non-partisan judicial seat with rapid-fire, witty dialog, the video also points up a very important issue that McCormack wanted to emphasize:
The primary purpose of the video is to promote the nonpartisan section of the ballot, where the officially nonpartisan judicial races are listed.
McCormack said she was taken aback by the drop-off in voting from the top of the ticket — this year, the presidential contest — to the bottom where the nonpartisan races are listed. In the last 10 years, it has run from a quarter of all voters to nearly two in five.
There’s a shorter version of this four-minute video that leaves out McCormack’s pitch for bench focusing on the need to vote not only for the party tickets–whatever your party–but also the non-partisan sections. In Michigan and fourteen other states that’s where you’ll find propositions, judges and more. And while the shorter version doesn’t have an explicit message about McCormack’s qualifications–including actress Mary McCormack’s character describing the candidate’s sister (herself) as
whip-smart and incredibly hot.
Talk about meta. The script for the video was written by Mary McCormack’s husband, and captures–as well as playfully satirizing–Aaron Sorkin’s rapid-fire dialogue. Sorkin was not involved in anyway with the production of the video which the candidate says will not be aired as a commercial.