Aaron Sorkin (IMDb page) came aboard the Monday premiere of CNN’s Parker Spitzer to promote the new movie, The Social Network, for which he wrote the screenplay, but used more of his air time to spout his anti-conservative and anti-Republican prejudices, starting with Sarah Palin. Prompted by Kathleen Parker for his assessment of Palin, Sorkin, creator of NBC’s The West Wing television drama, insulted Palin:
Sarah Palin's an idiot. Come on. This is a remarkably, stunningly, jaw-droppingly incompetent and mean woman. (Audio: MP3 clip)
Parker jumped in: “Wow. What do you base that on, the meanness part?” Sorkin explained: “When she talks about real Americans versus not real Americans, that's a divisive thing. I'm pretty sure I fall into the category of a not real American.”
Parker came back with a quip instead of a serious rejoinder: “Right. You're not real. Because you have those horn-rimmed glasses.” Sorkin proceeded to show his resentment:
Because I have these glasses, because I'm from New York, and because I work in Hollywood. Let's ignore the fact that my father fought in World War II, put himself through college on the GI bill, that his parents were immigrants who came here and my paternal grandfather was one of the founders of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Later on the October 4 program, Sorkin echoed Bill Maher: “The Democrats may have moved into the center, but the Republicans have moved into a mental institution.”