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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Quoted: Know your ‘West Wing’ avatar

Eric Lesser and his TV doppelganger, Donna Moss, as played by Janel Maloney. (Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images; Michael O’Neil/NBC)

“Oh, I’m kind of like Donna Moss on ‘The West Wing.’”

Eric Lesser, former special assistant to White House senior adviser David Axelrod, on how he used to describe his arcane job to people, in a new Vanity Fair story about how the dearly remembered NBC drama (1999-2006) fueled the ambitions of young Beltway strivers. Lesser, 27, tells the magazine the show “took something that was for the most part considered dry and nerdy — especially to people in high school and college — and sexed it up,” while economics writer Matthew Yglesias, 30, says he and a college friend “definitely plotted our proposed domination of the capital in explicitly West Wing terms: Who was more like Toby? Who was more like Josh?”

Vanity Fair: West Wing Babies, April 2012

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