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Did "The West Wing" Predict the 2008 Election?

3/3/2008 6:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The writers of "The West Wing" were using a helluva magic eight ball! The last two seasons of the show have some strange coincidences with the 2008 Presidential race.

SlateV.com created a video comparing the similarities between Barack Obama and Jimmy Smits' character, Matt Santos. A writer for the show, Eli Attie, admits Smits character was directly shaped by Obama. The writer even met with one of Obama's political consultants, who was working on his campaign for Senate at the time.

In the show, a Congressman of color runs for the Democratic nomination and the primary race is so close it leads to a brokered convention. Smits opponent is better-known, funded and experienced. Freaky!

P.S. -- Santos won the nomination and went on to win the presidential election.
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Big Daddy    

Very interesting, thanks

2293 days ago
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Ali    

1st

2322 days ago
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FlBiker    

Hillary loses to Obama, Obama loses to McCain.......

2322 days ago
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whatever    

#3, I hope you're right.

2322 days ago
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smartypants    

It's going to happen.

2322 days ago
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Jess    

Obama is The Manchurian Candidate ! ! !

2322 days ago
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Liz    

FIBIKER - Hope so!

2322 days ago
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Ali    

i like hillary, but that is what i predict also.

2322 days ago
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Jess    

OBAMA IS THE MUSLIM'S MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.

2322 days ago
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Cammie    

Revelations 13 deciphered....Hillary Clinton was meant to win this election; however, "free will" and changed MIND may, unfortunately, prevail?!

2322 days ago
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dave    

Even if he gets in he will lose to McCain , I sincerely believe this great United States Of America is not ready for a minority president, not yet. Besides he is not a leader, at best maybe a damn good used car salesman.

2322 days ago
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kim    

President Obama! VP: edwards, i wish. but he will probably cave and go with someone more conservative!

2322 days ago
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kim    

yeah, drew, cuz old rich white guys are doing SUCH a spectacular job!!!!!!!!! i pray you're wrong and this country isnt still THAT backwoods!

2322 days ago
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Alexa    

And whatever you do, don't ask Obama about his religion anymore. He's tired of talking about it. We're doomed!

2322 days ago
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Ali    

obama vs. mccain= mccain

hillary vs. mccain= who knows, hillary might have a chance.....

2322 days ago
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