Unknown, non-white Democrat Congressman ascends to the presidential nomination to take on and defeat an elderly moderate Republican who is loathed by the right of his party? Sounds like a TV script, right?
The Guardian reveals that the story arc of the final season of the West Wing included a character based on Barack Obama - the eventual victor, Matt Santos.
Only one fly in the ointment - that wasn't how the story was supposed to work out. Arnie Vinick was supposed to win, it was the sudden death of John Spencer, Leo McGarry, that changed the script.
Anyone fancy being Obama's running mate?