The west wing was a pretty witty show with (mostly) well-crafted characters (and excellent actors*, sets, direction, and editing) that tried to offer a novel perspective on a show about politics, and which had its characters go into in depth discussions about actual real existing problems in the world. As a piece of television, especially considering its’ era, it is excellent.
It’s also absolutely infested with mid-90s high-handed third-way-ass horrible centralist boomer liberal politics, so people hate it for that. I still maintain that it had moments of brilliance.
Aaron Sorkin, like many other writers, is an excellent writer when he is working with someone who is in a position to edit him, and a terrible writer when he is not. He has horrible garbage opinions and I don’t care to listen to Jeff Newsroom as Aaron Sorkin’s Mouthpiece, but I will not stand here and tell you that the man can’t write.
(*seriously, the show had Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing, John Spencer and Baby Elisabeth Moss, among others. The cast was incredible.)