"The West Wing" and the Unbearable Sameness of Politics

I’ve just finished watching, in a long stretch of several weeks, the first four seasons of The West Wing.  Really fantastic show, but I’m told there’s not much point continuing after Sorkin left.  Anyway, last night there was a bit of a dustup because some “Democratic strategist” (ie, semi-employed political consultant) said that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life.  In turn, Romney got on Twitter to say that raising her 5 sons had been hard work, and she was proud of it. Moreover (she didn’t say this in these words, to my knowledge) why did Democrats hate mothers?
This is just a b-side replay of a West Wing subplot from the episode “20 Hours in America”, which in turn I’m guessing is a repeat of something Hilary Clinton did in the 90s. In this era of incredible upheaval, turmoil, and challenge, can we really not get past cultural conflicts that were tired in the 90s?
Also, you heard it here first – I can’t find the episode specifically, but one politician was memorably described as an “Etch-a-Sketch”.

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