Yeah, that Brolin character was a little too easy. I wasn't wild about the Goodman character, either, both seemed so contrived. Seemed like they were a little more fair when they created Republicans for Seasons 1 & 2, and got more and more ... something after that.
I remember that one ep where Leo and the President colluded to keep him from going to the no-after-sex Japanese opera. "Birthday message." Such a perfect, odd phrase. I liked Mallory more (obviously) than Mandy, but I still liked Ainsley so much more.
I still liked all of the main characters in later seasons, but I was so invested in them by then. I remember my friend -- I used to tape them and send them to Irvine when she taught Wednesday nights for a quarter, ha -- started to slowly but surely despise Toby. That was a sad thing to watch happen. It's hard to defend Toby sometimes. But I tried. Unsuccessfully.
I would've loved to see more stories involving the Supreme Court. No one got to pop the Prez in the nose quite like they did.
"I wanted to retire five years ago, but I wanted to wait for a Democrat. I waited for a Democrat, and instead I. Got. YOU."
Amen, brother Justice.
And in reality: Scooter got a commuter. Ha. I'M SHOCKED!