Which West Wing politicians do the Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 pm, October 17th, 2014 - 14 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, david parker, grant robertson, labour, Nanaia Mahuta - Tags:

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OK there are many West Wing affectionados out there and for those of us who were born in the late 1980s or later West Wing has had a seminal effect on the formation of our political beliefs.

So if you were to compare a Labour Leadership candidate with a WW Politician who would it be?

Who does Grant most closely resemble?

Who is the equivalent of Nanaia?

Which character is closest to Andrew?

And who is David (Parker that is …)?

14 comments on “Which West Wing politicians do the Labour Leadership candidates most closely resemble?”

  1. aotearoean 1

    Grant is Bob Russell, Andrew is John Hoynes, Nanaia is Matt Santos. Parker is the guy who sings Peace Train.

    • Colonial Rawshark 1.1

      I agree with your analysis. But one major character is conspicuous by their absence. David Cunliffe is, without a doubt, Josiah Bartlet. Or had the capability to be. None of these other leadership candidates come close to the calibre, sadly.

      • SHG 1.1.1

        Preachy christian who lies to the public and whose wife drops him the shit with her opinions? Hmm…

    • SHG 1.2

      All four of them are Bongo Bob.

  2. Andrea 2

    It’s all an omnishambles.

    More like the ‘thick in it’ than ‘of it’.

  3. The more pressing question is who’s Jim Hacker.

  4. r0b 4


    Grant = Josh
    Andrew = Leo
    David P = Toby
    Nanaia = Amy

    Ahh, if only RL was like the WW…

    • SHG 4.1

      For the entire show Josh is a staffer, not a politician.
      For almost the entire show Leo is a staffer, politician for only 13 episodes, most of which don’t feature him.
      For the entire show Toby is a staffer, not a politician.
      For most of her time on the show Amy is a lobbyist, then briefly a staffer.

  5. Can’t say I followed the West Wing much, but I’ve watched House of Cards avidly.

    John Key = Frank Underwood? Classic sociopath behind a friendly persona

  6. The Young Ones perhaps?

    Grant Robertson = Rik (annoying pc dork)
    Andrew Little = Mike (generic boring dude)
    Nanaia Mahuta = Vyvian (has a girls name)
    David Parker = Neil (too nice, gets walked all over)

  7. Aerobubble 7

    Key is no Underwood, its his damn name. Until Labour, us all even, stop talking about Key points, and start referencing Key in a negative way.

  8. greywarshark 8

    The men – all wearing suits, ties done up to the neck, light coloured shirts. Very conformist, look middle class, cookie cutter. The woman prominent, has the mane of long hair which is de rigeur these days. I notice Jacinda has it

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