The restaging was well done, but watching it again just reminded me that the plot of that episode doesn't make any damn sense. Through the whole thing, the characters behave like Hartsfield's Landing is the start of the general election and could determine the outcome of Bartlett's presidency, yet it was stated early on that they're voting in the Democratic Primary. As a popular incumbent, Bartlett would have had only nominal opposition for the party nomination, if any at all. (As I recall from the original airing, he'd already knocked out his chief Democrat rival earlier in the season.)I watched the West Wing reunion last night and, leaving politics aside, really enjoyed watching the cast step right back into their respective rolls after so many years. It was essentially an expanded table reading of a single episode that was done in a theater. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme, the West Wing originals.
The entire subplot about Donna calling the family who were planning to vote Republican (which verges on harassment, coercion, and even bribery) is complete nonsense. You can't vote for the other party during a primary!
This is really basic civics, and I can't believe Aaron Sorkin got it so fundamentally wrong. Supposedly, he even tweaked the script for this reunion, yet didn't fix this huge plot hole in the center of it.