"If I had written into 'The West Wing' the people who are the leaders on the right today, whether it's Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Glen Beck, the Tea Party, people holding up signs with Hitler mustaches ... I would've been eviscerated by the right for portraying them as idiot monsters," he said.
There's no doubt that Sorkin's career has been dotted with enormous success. The first play he ever wrote, "A Few Good Men," started from notes scribbled on cocktail napkins before evolving into an award-winning play and a wildly popular film.
However, Sorkin has not gone without suffering from severe pitfalls.
After a battle with a cocaine addiction in the 90s, Sorkin checked into the Hazelton Institute in Minnesota for treatment in 1995. In 2001, he relapsed and was arrested at Burbank airport when authorities discovered hallucinogenic mushrooms and cocaine in his bags.
Sober for over nine years now, Sorkin told "Nightline" he felt "very healthy" and "couldn't be happier," but admitted there was a time when he feared that the creative juices would stop flowing without the assistance of drugs.
When asked how sobriety has affected his work, Sorkin said "It's just not insane anymore."
"I will tell you that nine and a half years ago I was worried I couldn't write without drugs," he said. "If it did turn out that drugs were the magic that was making me write well, I still wouldn't go back to them. I'd write greeting cards and try to make a living doing that."