If youâre a fan of political analyst Lawrence OâDonnell on his MSNBC show The Last Word, you know he is also an Emmy-winning writer/producer for the old political TV series The West Wing. But heâs not the reason the beloved cast re-united for one more âwalk and talkâ sprint through the White House halls. They reprised their roles in a campaign ad for the sister of actress (and Bruce Cohen friend) Mary McCormack, who played Deputy National Security advisor Kate Harper. This is from The Last Wordâs blog:
Bridget Mary McCormack is running for Michigan state Supreme Court. In a sketch littered with inside jokes, The West Wing team came together to bring attention to the not-so-sexy issue of filling out the non-partisan section of the voting ballot. This is how Michigan and 14 other states select their supreme court justices. As Bradley Whitford, whoÂ reprised his role as Josh Lyman, explains, âIn non-partisan elections all across America, voters are leaving part of their ballot blank. And they donât even know it.ââŚ..
While voting for Supreme Court justicesÂ may not be particularly racy, it is important. In fact, state Supreme Courts’ decisionsÂ could influence the general election. Just this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on the state’s voter ID law, sending it back to a lower court to ensure that all voters can get an ID by November 6.
So remember there are more candidates and issues than the presidency when you vote, too, please.