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West Wing: "Red Mass" - Quotes From Aaron Sorkin Shows

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User: sorkin_quotes (posted by bkworm9)
Date: 2008-01-25 23:23
Subject: West Wing: "Red Mass"
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I watched this today, and I've been thinking about it ever since.

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FADE IN: INT. JOSH'S BULLPEN AREA - DAY
Donna is sitting at her desk reading a book, when Josh walks up to her.

JOSH
Hey.

DONNA
Huh? Hello.

JOSH
How was it?

DONNA
I'm sorry?

JOSH
How was it?

DONNA
[bewildered] It was...I don't know. It was... I don't... I don't think... maybe I'm not ready
to talk about it yet.

JOSH
What was...?

DONNA
It was a transforming... no, that's the wrong word. We are not "transformed," we "locate the light switch." I own myself, Josh. You don't mind if I say that out loud at frequent intervals with no provocation for a little while, do you?

JOSH
Why?

DONNA
Because I live my life out loud.

JOSH
You're reading the book?

DONNA
The owner's manual.



JOSH
Are you serious?

DONNA
No, you idiot! I need a shower!

JOSH
All right.

DONNA
I've got, like, radioactive stuff all over me.

JOSH
Man, and you call me a snob.

DONNA
Oh, please. It was like a meeting for the There But For the Grace of God Society.

JOSH
Anybody ask you out?

DONNA
Shut up.

JOSH
So, report to me-- what did he say?

DONNA
Why is this important?

They walk into JOSH'S OFFICE.

JOSH
What did he say?

DONNA
This is cheap.

JOSH
I'll say.

DONNA
I'm talking about this. So the guy's consulted for Ritchie. He's a buffoon, but he's harmless.
Why should it be part of the campaign?

JOSH
Because it's not harmless in an American President.

DONNA
Nothing he said was wrong or objectionable. As suppose to the man who was sitting next to me
whose name was Fern.

JOSH
Open this book to any page.

Josh hands the book to Donna who opens the book and hands it back to Josh.

JOSH
Okay, well. This is an order form to buy "Owning Yourself," follow-up to the bestseller...

DONNA
"Leasing Yourself."

JOSH
"It's good to be trapped in a corner. That's when you act."

DONNA
That happens to be true.

JOSH
It is. In my case, it's the only time that I do.

DONNA
So?

JOSH
It's Immanuel Kant! "Duty! Sublime and mighty name, that embraces nothing charming or insinuating but requires submission." Every year a million freshman philosophy students read that sentence.

DONNA
And change their major?

JOSH
You've just got a mouth full of wiseass today, don't you?

DONNA
I located the lightswitch.

JOSH
Could you locate it again?

DONNA
So he cripped Kant. Isn't that what you're suppose to do?

JOSH
It comes from a 193-page book called "A Critique of Practical Reason." It's about metaphysica and epistemology. Tomba's impressively boiled it down to two-thirds of one page. Give me another one.

DONNA
"Look outside the cave."

JOSH
Right. That's from an old paperback called "The Republic" by Plato. Lucky Tomba's been able to
fit on fortune cookie so it suits the attention span of the Republican nominee. Here he quotes
Robert Frost. "Good fences make good neighbors." Did he talk about that?

DONNA
Yeah.

JOSH
What did he say?

DONNA
Basically, that if you stay within your personal space, you'll end up getting along with everyone.

JOSH
You had to study modern poetry.

DONNA
Yes.

JOSH
Is that what Frost meant?

DONNA
No, he meant that boundries are what alienate us from each other.

JOSH
Why did he say "Good fences make good neighbors?"

DONNA
He was being ironic, but I still don't see...

JOSH
What does this remind you of? "I believe in hope, not fear." "I'm a leader, not a politician."
"It's time for an American leader." "America's earned a change." "I before 'E' except after 'C'!" It's the fortune-cookie candidacy! These are important thinkers, and understanding them can be very useful and it's not ever going to happen at a four-hour seminar. When the President's got an embassy surrounded in Haiti, or a keyhole photograph of a heavy water reactor, or any of the fifty life-and-death matters that walk across his desk every day, I don't know if he's thinking about Immanuel Kant or not. I doubt it, but if he does, I am comforted at least in my certainty that he is doing his best to reach for all of it and not just the McNuggets. Is it possible we would be willing to require any less of the person sitting in that chair? The low road? I don't think it is.

DONNA
All right. I'll go through the book this weekend, highlight somethings and I'll trace it back.
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girl who thinks philately is fun
User: bkworm9
Date: 2008-01-26 18:09 (UTC)
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I thought I did - I remember putting the tags in, but I'll change it.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-05-25 21:00 (UTC)
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I think rwhihp923 was being ironic...like Frost.
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Date: 2012-07-09 20:33 (UTC)
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Date: 2017-01-03 07:35 (UTC)
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