The election is just days away, and for political junkies, it's a nail-biter. "I'm a wreck," said former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, standing near the bar at the book party for "Vanity Fair's Hollywood" in Los Feliz the other night. "I can't believe it's this close," she said.
But whatever happens Tuesday, there's always "The West Wing." The show more than satisfies my weekly craving for liberal schmaltz, but I have to say, its portrayal of women is wearing thin. Last week, when Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) was being outsmarted in a TV interview show by a female Republican strategist, a White House staffer actually quipped, "Sam's being beaten by a girl!"
Then, there's press secretary C.J. Cregg (the Emmy-winning Allison Janney), the strongest female character on the show, who was portrayed in an episode last season as not understanding the workings of the census. What is this, 1950?
When I asked Myers, who is a "West Wing" consultant, about the patronizing way women are treated on the show, she agreed that it's true and added that the show's writers are working on it.