The West Wing - The Mommy Problem   View more episodes

Aired at 07:00 AM on Thursday, Aug 26, 2010 (8/26/2010)      View all transcripts from this day


00:00:00I don't want a DNC contract.
00:00:01I just came by to see if this was the Josh Lyman vanity exercise everyone says it is.
00:00:05Besides, if I take your money, how can I snipe at you onMeet The Press?
00:00:13Obviously, she doesn't speak for all of us...
00:00:16(all talking at once) You and I haven't always been on the same side.
00:00:23You mean those four times I beat your hand-picked primary candidates?
00:00:26It was three times.
00:00:27I was counting the two-to-one victory twice, but okay... You're right.
00:00:29I don't have this iconic symbolic thing.
00:00:32I'm not a communications director.
00:00:33My strong suit isn't...
00:00:34Isn't connecting with the electorate, I know.
00:00:36Reducing human complexity to a box of soap flakes, no.
00:00:39All I know about Santos is what the country knows.
00:00:41He's smart and he's cute.
00:00:42That is hardly the stuff of global leadership.
00:00:44Well, it's better than fat and dumb.
00:00:45That's such a good bumper sticker-- you don't need me.
00:00:48Yes, I think what you do is superficial, but I know it's important, or I wouldn't be asking you, of all people, for help.
00:00:54'Cause I'm not a cultist like you?
00:00:55Because we have different approaches to campaigns.
00:00:59Right. I win them.
00:01:00I'm trying to be friends.
00:01:01You saw Vinick on TV this morning.
00:01:02Clearly, it wasn't about content, but he was tough and he was authentic.
00:01:05He was Neil Young to your Neil Diamond.
00:01:07I like Neil Diamond. I'm sure you do.
00:01:09We can't have a fight about a security leak.
00:01:11We'll get killed.
00:01:12I'm trying to change the conversation back to the economy. How 'bout moving the conversation to the fact that while Santos was serving in the Gulf, Vinick was serving himself Chardonnay.
00:01:19That Santos is still serving in the Reserves as a Congressman!
00:01:23He's been in the Senate for, like, 90 years.
00:01:24He was practically born in a committee hearing.
00:01:26If you're not using the phrase "Beltway Arnie" p in every press release...
00:01:29We're not going negative. Not now, not first.
00:01:31Oh, really? You don't think you're running a negative campaign?
00:01:33Why are you always talking about high-tech jobs?
00:01:35Because Vinick uses a manual typewriter and his future's a set of plastic gums.
00:01:38You're doing political smear like the rest of us.
00:01:40All I'm saying is do it right.
00:01:42We're getting lots of press calls on this security leak business.
00:01:44How many press calls?
00:01:45113. We're not commenting.
00:01:46Plus,New York Poststill thinks today's lunch was canceled 'cause we're hiding from the leak story.
00:01:50It's not connected to...
00:01:51Tell them we cancel lunches all the time.
00:01:52We're fast and nimble and move like the night, okay?
00:01:55Hey, don't mind me, you and Elmer Fudd Jr.
00:01:58just keep changing the conversation.
00:02:00Hang on.
00:02:02Manifest Lou for the Florida-California trip.
00:02:04Ten minutes ago you didn't even want her in the...
00:02:07Some of her ideas are a little nutty, she doesn't always play well with others, but she's got an IQ of 200, she knows this image stuff backwards and sideways, and it's better than having her on the outside lobbing mortars under my lap.
00:02:18Okay, see if she wants the vegetarian option.
00:02:20She'll have the raw meat.
00:02:21I want you to come to California and Florida with me.
00:02:24You can pick up a bag on the way to Dulles.
00:02:26If the Congressman signs off, I'm hiring you as Director of Communications, answering directly to me. I don't think so.
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00:07:11Can you make sure the NSC's in the Oval?
00:07:13State's trying to do an end run.
00:07:15The President's ready, Ms. Cregg.
00:07:18Thank you.
00:07:18Plus, Brock still wants a few minutes.
00:07:21Tell him no. In Norwegian if you have to.
00:07:23That would be no-sk.
00:07:27What is it?
00:07:27Counsel's Office says the first round of Congressional subpoenas are coming and they always start with junior staff.
00:07:35Obviously, the focus is on the Chief of Staff's Office.
00:07:40On... on our office.
00:07:42If there's anything you want me to...
00:07:46I want you to tell the truth.
00:07:50Josh, you have a comment about this Bartlet situation?
00:07:53I've got brand-new policy, also known as hard news.
00:07:56Don't all thank me at once.
00:07:57The Congressman's really not taking questions at the town hall?
00:08:00He's proposinga major new tax credit for researchand experimentation.
00:08:03It rewards innovationin the economy.
00:08:05When are you making himavailable for questions?
00:08:07After you write about the tax credit.
00:08:09Congressional Republicans are saying Democrats can't be trusted with our national security.
00:08:12REPORTER: Santos has to be furious at the President for dumping this on his head.
00:08:16How does Leo McGarry feel? He's upset we're not doing more to reward innovation in the economy.
00:08:19Do you have a comment on theNew York Post?
00:08:21I'm against it. That's off the record.
00:08:24There's a story on their Web site.
00:08:25It says that Santos has canceled four lunch events in the last two weeks.
00:08:28Lunch events? Yeah, why always lunches?
00:08:31Let me get this...
00:08:32They got a story that we're canceling lunch events?
00:08:35Four in two weeks. They're calling it "Santos Siesta." First of all, that's ridiculous.
00:08:39Second of all, it's a cheap stereotype.
00:08:41Why is it always lunches, Josh?
00:08:43You can't seriously be interested in this.
00:08:44As opposed to the same economic speech we've written about two days in a row?
00:08:48Okay, we'll see you after the event; good to see you.
00:08:50You heard about the siesta story.
00:08:51When I said tell thePost we cancel lunches all the time, the point wasn't to emphasize...
00:08:55That we cancel lunches all the time. Right.
00:08:56Kind of a fine-line situation. Not really.
00:08:58So how we gonna deal with it?
00:08:59We hold lunch events every day this week.
00:09:01I don't care if we're stuffed to the gills, we put out a sandwich tray and we call it a lunch event.
00:09:04LOU: Doesn't this fall into your famous box number three?
00:09:07I use a message grid, so sue me.
00:09:09That is what happens when you fight scandal with spreadsheets.
00:09:12I'm running a presidential campaign.
00:09:13We talk policy.
00:09:14You got a better idea, I'll take it.
00:09:16Yeah, Vinick's slugging you in the gut.
00:09:17How 'bout slugging back?
00:09:18This lunch thing was our goof.
00:09:19You don't think somebody's got the tabloids out looking for 'em?
00:09:22We can ride it out.
00:09:23We don't give them anything else by the end of the day, they'll be filing stories about the tax credit.
00:09:27Josh... I'm not commenting on the leak story.
00:09:29This isn't about the leak story.
00:09:30Oh, don't tell me, there's another...
00:09:32No, no, this one you're gonna like.
00:09:34SANTOS: So, is this covered under Josh's press memo or what?
00:09:37BRAM: No, it's in Josh's scheduling memo.
00:09:39It's a listen-only conference call.
00:09:40We do it right after the reverse town hall.
00:09:42We talk about the R&E tax credit for regional reporters, but you literally can't hear them speak.
00:09:46They can only listen.
00:09:47If it goes well, I can open it up to hand gestures?
00:09:50Then you're meeting with Lou Thornton, a media strategist Josh wants to hire.
00:09:53Oh, she wins a lot of races.
00:09:55She probably won't do it, but she is what we need in the communications shop-- aggressive, out-of-the-box.
00:09:59Obviously, her ideas will be heavily filtered through me, but anything you can do to get her on board.
00:10:04SANTOS: Uh-huh.
00:10:05BRAM: I'll grab you when they start your intro.
00:10:07Okay. So let me guess: The press is, uh, going bananas because I haven't been commenting on the leak?
00:10:12I think I have a way to close the security gap overnight. Thank you.
00:10:15Strafing raids over the National Press Club, huh?
00:10:18Timemagazine has a copy of a letter from the Marine Reserve Command.
00:10:22You've been called up for Reserve training in Fort Worth, Texas, for two days.
00:10:27Tuesday after Labor Day.
00:10:29How'd the press get this before me?
00:10:31You're a Presidential candidate.
00:10:32From now on, you're gonna be the last person to read a whole lot of your mail.
00:10:36Congressman, it's Christmas in July.
00:10:37Deck the halls with guns and ammo.
00:10:39This is everything we couldn't do at the convention.
00:10:41You in fatigues, wind in your hair, trench knife in your teeth.
00:10:46This is an annual, required thing, right?
00:10:48Do a physical; some flight hours, marksmanship...
00:10:50With very big guns. Guns are very big.
00:10:52It won't look like a stunt?
00:10:53You're just following orders.
00:10:55They've started your intro.
00:10:57Sir, give me your best bottle of champagne.
00:11:01Make it your tenth best.
00:11:02Nothing with a screw-off top.
00:11:03Why don't you go watch the reverse town hall?
00:11:05They're still doing introductions.
00:11:06Why don't you leave, so I can talk about stuff that you're not allowed to hear? Sure thing.
00:11:10We're about to make a big announcement.
00:11:12Two days after Labor Day, the Congressman's doing Reserve duty in Texas.
00:11:17He's just following orders.
00:11:18We announce it without comment.
00:11:19A picture is worth a thousand bayonets.
00:11:21That's fantastic.
00:11:22Edie, coordinate a small press pool with the Marine Reserve Command, nothing gaudy.
00:11:26Make sure his uniform fits like a glove.
00:11:27Ned, work with the Congressional Office, get all the documentation... Documentation?
00:11:30We need to lay it out for the press-- dates, details, how he's done this every year like clockwork.
00:11:36Sometimes he resets the clock.
00:11:38When it needs rewinding, just when it needs...
00:11:41He's postponed it a few times.
00:11:44For critical national security votes in the Congress.
00:11:47Usually to campaign for re-election.
00:11:48I think once 'cause his daughter was sick.
00:11:49(cork pops) ANNOUNCER (over P.A.):..Congressman matthew Santos.
00:11:54(applause) CAROL: We've been getting some press inquiries.
00:12:02TOBY: Yeah, I'm sure.
00:12:03A lot of them, actually, on why we ended this internal investigation and how we plan to deal with it...
00:12:07Refer them all to the Counsel's Office.
00:12:08Which is good, except...
00:12:10We're walling this off from the rest of the White House, so we can do some governing around here.
00:12:14Counsel's not taking any press questions.
00:12:16Some walls are thicker than others.
00:12:17Toby, you should see your call sheet.
00:12:19And there are three reporters camped outside your office, wondering...
00:12:21Which is why I'm nowhere near my office.
00:12:23How's it playing out there?
00:12:24Aside from Arnold Vinick's plan to turn the Federal government into an episode ofDragnet?
00:12:28I know it's bad politics, at least it's for the right reasons.
00:12:30Good men with good reasons shouldn't set precedents for bad men with bad ones.
00:12:35What's this?
00:12:35Witness list for the Congressional hearings-- what I could get anyway.
00:12:38Greg Brock will refuse to testify. Yeah.
00:12:40You think Congress holds him in contempt?
00:12:42First Amendment isn't what it used to be.
00:12:43I've been avoiding him all day.
00:12:45As you should.
00:12:50REPORTER: No reaction to the President's decision on the leak...
00:12:52REPORTER 2: Do you agree with Senator Vinick?
00:12:54SANTOS: So I moved it around a bit-- at least I did real Reserve training with the big guns, every year-- almost.
00:13:02It'll look like a stunt, won't it?
00:13:03JOSH: 14 weeks before the election, trailing on security-- you skipped it for politics and Flintstones chewables-- we announce you're putting on a uniform, first day of fall campaigning?
00:13:15It'll look like Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus.
00:13:27You've got five minutes, then a clutch with the City Council Chair before we take off for Fort Lauderdale. Okay.
00:13:33Is it Lou or Louise?
00:13:35Well, "Lou" started in college when I signed up for men's intramural softball.
00:13:38They were a player short, turned out I was the best hitter on the team. So, Lou?
00:13:42Louise is fine.
00:13:43What did you think of the reverse town hall?
00:13:45I didn't like your joke about being the first one unemployed.
00:13:48That's just a funny line.
00:13:49Shaving cream and seltzer are funny.
00:13:51Unemployment's not particularly funny.
00:13:53I got the Council Chair after this.
00:13:55we could go egg her house.
00:13:57Is there anything that you liked about the town hall?
00:14:00Oh, sure, but I assume you have plenty of people around to tell you how great you are, and if you don't, you should hire some-- they're wonderful. Yeah.
00:14:07No, we pay a premium for that.
00:14:09Say, are you familiar with the Mommy Problem?
00:14:10I am.
00:14:12You think I have one? That's something you're gonna have to answer yourself, 'cause right now, Beltway Arnie's kicking you all over the electoral map.
00:14:17The White House is treating you like a fly on their governmental windshield, and I'm wondering if it's just Josh, or if you have what it takes to come out of the Candidate Protection Program and start kicking back.
00:14:26(knocking) BRAM: Councilwoman Stone, the next President of the United States of America...
00:14:30Hello, pleasure to meet you.
00:14:32Hi, hello.
00:14:32How are you? Oh, we're gonna take a little picture, huh? Okay.
00:14:36(camera clicking) MAN: Great.
00:18:33MAN:Mr. Lyman, have you okayed banner copy for...
00:18:36Not now.
00:18:37AIDE:Josh, we have three print requests...
00:18:38Later! Hey, we've gotta write up some options.
00:18:43This press marginalia can wait.
00:18:47Ned said he's postponed his Reserve drilling about a third of the time.
00:18:5041 percent, and whoever gave that letter toTime has to know that, too.
00:18:54He stayed in the Reserve all these years.
00:18:55Our problem is Santos served too much, whereas Vinick never even served.
00:18:57You're gonna be good at this, I can tell.
00:19:01What was option one again?
00:19:02Reporting for Reserve duty right after Labor Day, looking like a gun-toting, flag-waving phony.
00:19:06That would be a no, wouldn't it? No, on option one.
00:19:09Soda shop's closed.
00:19:13(sighs) Uh, may I ask what you're...
00:19:17It's a law school study trick.
00:19:18I'm not getting up until we figure this out.
00:19:20Option two: Postponement.
00:19:22Highlights previous postponements, if they even grant him one this time.
00:19:27Congressman. Hi, stay seated.
00:19:28I've got the high-tech CEOs waiting for me across the hall.
00:19:31I just wanted you to know I got Lou to come on board.
00:19:34Director of Communications.
00:19:35That's terrific.
00:19:36You were right.
00:19:37She's what we need, whole different take on the campaign.
00:19:40I didn't think she'd do it.
00:19:41Yeah, just one small condition.
00:19:43What's that?
00:19:44Reporting directly to me.
00:19:47(Josh grunts) If you got a minute, we've got a problem with the Associated Press.
00:19:49I don't have a minute.
00:19:51Edie, will you tell him why I don't have a minute?
00:19:53Yeah. He doesn't have a minute. I'm trying to solve a problem that's 50 times bigger than some sombrero-wearing nonsense.
00:19:58I'll handle it later. You'll want to handle it now. What?
00:20:02The AP's got some kind of photograph, something that took place at our hotel in Cleveland last week. Photograph?
00:20:06Of the Congressman's bed.
00:20:09(camera clicks) I need a moment.
00:20:12Can you seal the elevator?
00:20:14This about Timemagazine?
00:20:17I'm working on that.
00:20:31Maybe Lou's right, maybe there is a coordinated effort to throw us off our game.
00:20:35Maybe it's Vinick, maybe it's the RNC, I don't know. What are you talking about?
00:20:39AP has a photograph...
00:20:40of something that happened in Cleveland in your hotel bed.
00:20:46Is there anything you'd like to tell me?
00:20:53His name is Bruce.
00:20:54He's a flight attendant on Aer Lingus.
00:20:57They've got a connecting hub out of Hamburg.
00:21:03At first, it was long walks along the Reeperbahn... (chuckles) I'm sorry, but I have to ask. Geez.
00:21:11It's my job, I'm sorry.
00:21:12(elevator resumes) Wait a minute.
00:21:15(elevator stops) Cleveland? LOU: I don't understand what happened. He wouldn't let me in his room that morning; I should've suspected something.
00:21:20Box number three. 15 years I've been doing this.
00:21:22I've never been stuck in box number three.
00:21:24Is anyone going to tell me what happened?
00:21:25He demolished his bed. Demolished it?
00:21:27JOSH: It was his wife's only night on the road.
00:21:29It was an old wooden bed, slats, hand cranks, what have you.
00:21:33Hand cranks?
00:21:34And what have you.
00:21:34Look, as much as I respect good craftsmanship, I'm still not clear about what happened.
00:21:39They broke it together, get it?
00:21:41The wire photo's out.
00:21:44Oh, my.
00:21:45"Hurricane Santos." You repeat that outside this room and I'll have you knocking on doors in Alaska and not the urban part.
00:21:54Give me that.
00:21:55This guy's the next leader of the free world.
00:21:56I won't have us ogling his dirty, you know...
00:22:00The hotel proprietor claims the bed was steel-reinforced.
00:22:07We have a bigger problem than Helen's Ohio surprise.
00:22:13He's been called up by the Marine Reserves for right after Labor Day.
00:22:15Two days of marksmanship and flight training.
00:22:18Well, bless his broken headboard.
00:22:19He's postponed it 41% of the time.
00:22:22Postponed it? 41% of the time.
00:22:24As in, "I'll see you when I'm done with my essential government business"?
00:22:26As in "See you when it's politically convenient and no one in my family has a runny nose." If I had had a full convention, I would have had the Marines in the parking lot digging foxholes.
00:22:35You won't lift a finger against Beltway Arnie Vinick, who never served, and who flipped and flopped his way through four years of subcommittee hearings.
00:22:41I'm not going negative.
00:22:41Not when people barely know who Santos is.
00:22:43And a vacuum gets filled.
00:22:45That's why he's the swing king of the siesta.
00:22:47You won't even let him admit the obvious, which is that the President screwed up on the security leak.
00:22:50That's why you're in this. The President is trying to take the politics out of this.
00:22:53Then why not call a special prosecutor?
00:22:54Why won't Santos call for one?
00:22:56You're my new Communications Director.
00:22:57You're supposed to help me solve this problem.
00:22:59You're the problem-- not some box on a grid, not the Marine Reserves.
00:23:02No negative campaigning.
00:23:04No outside opinions within five miles of the candidate, no deviation from some Jonestown-like obsession with your pals at the White House. Okay.
00:23:11When are you going to stop drinking the Kool-Aid?
00:23:19C.J.: I need Hobson at Treasury.
00:23:21They're worried about another currency devaluation in Argentina, and while I like a nice prime rib for 35 cents, the OAS ain't buying. C.J.-- The message for Monday's bill signing...
00:23:29Scheduling and Advance wants to stick with the little flags...
00:23:31...because this is America. Yes, but...
00:23:33And I want an actual message.
00:23:34They have till tomorrow morning or I'm going to read them the riot act to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Greg Brock is in your office.
00:23:39Why is Greg Brock in my office?
00:23:41He walked in, he wouldn't leave.
00:23:42I didn't think you'd want me to call the Secret Service.
00:23:45Think again.
00:23:49We're both professionals.
00:23:50We're both under investigation by professionals.
00:23:51It's bad enough that you're plastered all over my call sheet and Congress has every scrap of paper aside from my half-finished crossword puzzles.
00:23:56Would you please leave before I call in an armored division?
00:23:58I've a question about day care. Toby covered that in last week's briefing.
00:24:02We're deadlocked at $300 million.
00:24:04CBC is pushing for more after-school care.
00:24:05I don't think we can get that out of committee.
00:24:07That's great, but Della's four and a half.
00:24:08Now she can live with her mom while I'm in prison, but her mom travels for her job.
00:24:14So why isn't there some Federal voucher that you can give to your kids to come with you and get them into day care wherever you go?
00:24:22I wouldn't talk to the grand jury, the judge held me in contempt.
00:24:25I report to Cumberland Minimum Security Prison tomorrow.
00:24:28It should be on Fox by now.
00:24:29You can appeal.
00:24:30He refused to stay the contempt.
00:24:33At least 18 months.
00:24:34I, uh, have to appeal from behind bars.
00:24:36You don't have to worry about your call sheet for awhile.
00:24:41Name your source.
00:24:46I always liked you in that suit.
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00:29:25SANTOS: No, no, Helen, I don't.
00:29:30No, I mean, short of us crawling under there with a screwdriver and a roll of duct tape, I don't see how we could...
00:29:40Oh, yeah, 'cause I personally love the fact that it's in all the papers and...
00:29:45Honey, bring a sledgehammer with you when we meet in Michigan and we can...
00:29:50I've got to go.
00:29:52How many papers is this going to be in?
00:29:55It's all over the blogs and cable shows.
00:29:58Now the first-tier press gets to cover the coverage.
00:30:00This is my fault.
00:30:01I should've pushed out more policy.
00:30:03I knew it'd be hard to hit back against this phony, superficial crap.
00:30:07I don't think it's phony or superficial.
00:30:08These stories only stick when it confirms what people already think, and let's face it, nobody knows what to think.
00:30:14So we deserve it?
00:30:15LOU: You haven't given anyone an alternate formulation on who he is, so he's taking body blow after body blow.
00:30:19I'm trying to position him as the guy with a jobs program.
00:30:21How about positioning him as the guy with a spine?
00:30:23You want to hit back against Vinick, get sucked back in to the leak story?
00:30:26I want him to beat back at the White House and get distance from the leak story.
00:30:29JOSH: The President's approval is at 66%.
00:30:30The leak has barely made a dent.
00:30:32That's why he seems like his little infant cousin.
00:30:35I'm sure you've never even presented him with that argument.
00:30:37Okay, you want me to have a spine.
00:30:39You want me to be nice to my cousin.
00:30:42Let's talk about my Reserve drill.
00:30:43You have to resign your commission, Congressman.
00:30:45JOSH: Sir, she's right.
00:30:47You can't show up after Labor Day when you've postponed your service five times in 13 years.
00:30:51It'll look like the mother of all staged photo-ops, and we'll get killed in the press.
00:30:54'Cause I moved it around a few times? 'Cause you're a Democrat who wears a uniform when it fits his schedule.
00:30:58Oh, and never mind my 25 years of military service compared to Vinick's none.
00:31:02Never mind one of the most pro-military voting records of the Democratic Caucus.
00:31:07Why'd you even leave active duty?
00:31:08You went to Annapolis for free.
00:31:10What, the taxpayers weren't supposed to support your long, illustrious military career?
00:31:14You don't have a trench-mate with a story to tell?
00:31:15And by resigning I'm saying, what?
00:31:17That you are ready to be President of the United States, that we have a civilian-led military and you are through playing G.I. Joe.
00:31:21BRAM: He really has to get to the state party reception.
00:31:24TimeMagazine'scalled twice.
00:31:25We're going to have to tell 'em something.
00:31:26Tell them ifhe countryoesn't like my military record, I'll be the first one unemployed.
00:31:37Excuse me.
00:31:41Tough press day.
00:31:42"Vinick's comments called into question the Santos campaign's "unflinching support of the Bartlet White House, "as Congressman Santos parried tabloid charges, and strained to articulate an economic message." "Strained to articulate." It's like he was drooling into a cup.
00:31:57So Vinick won the day.
00:31:58Yeah, by walking five feet from his office, while the Latin Luther Vandross napped his way across the continent.
00:32:04So now can we revisit the Bartlet question?
00:32:06Oh, hi, let me introduce myself.
00:32:08I'm the problem.
00:32:10I interpret the facts, I read the data.
00:32:11Which is why you need me, and also why you resent me.
00:32:14I am not a Bartletista and I'm not a Santos-ista.
00:32:16I am completely untethered to your crazy cults of personality.
00:32:19Also known as ethics.
00:32:21What is unethical about saying Jed Bartlet is a great President.
00:32:24Make way on Mount Rushmore.
00:32:26But in this one instance, this lapse in security, he goofed.
00:32:30Someone in your White House goofed.
00:32:32Look, I read that data, too.
00:32:33No one thinks the White House goofed on this.
00:32:35It's a press obsession-- a Vinick trick to get us onto issues that we can't win on.
00:32:40Do you think Vinick participated in last night's tracking poll?
00:32:45JOSH: It took us a couple hours to place Helen on that Cleveland trip.
00:32:50Remember, she came out as a surprise for...
00:32:53Anyway, that's why some of the stories imply that...
00:32:56What is this?
00:32:57A polling question from last night's track.
00:32:59"Was the President right to end his own investigation "of a classified security leak?
00:33:04Yes:" Are you suggesting that I criticize the President?
00:33:12I would never suggest that, but you asked me to run this campaign.
00:33:15I don't want you thinking I'm holding back the data.
00:33:25You know, you guys got a job to do whether I like it or not, so I'm not going to pretend that the afternoon naps and the bedside shrapnel don't make for good newspaper copy.
00:33:37So I'm going to address this once.
00:33:39Just this once, and that'll be the end of it, okay?
00:33:44No way was that bed steel-reinforced. (laughing) MAN: Still no comment about the President stopping his investigation?
00:33:53You know, if that were my White House, I'd call in the FBI.
00:33:58I would do everything in my power to cooperate with both Congress and the grand jury.
00:34:03I'd play it by the law, not by politics.
00:34:07And, in case you haven't noticed, that's exactly what this President is doing.
00:34:18(reporters clamoring) Is theNew York Times paying for this, Mr.
00:34:22Is theNew York Times paying for the lawyers?
00:34:26Back off.
00:34:27Mr. Brock, what happens to your family while you're away?
00:34:29Mr. Brock, could you give us a statement of any kind?
00:34:31What happens to your family while you're in jail, Mr. Brock?
00:34:34(reporters clamoring) Did you see?
00:34:43I need Scheduling and Advance.
00:34:45Scheduling and Advance? Why?
00:34:46The fisheries bill-signing.
00:34:47They think our message should be a row of American flags.
00:34:50It was my idea. A row of flags?!
00:34:51'Cause he's the American President and he signed a bill into law, and, as long as we're being investigated by two branches of our own government, I don't see why we should be any more clever than that.
00:35:10I've been thinking about the reason I beat you in those three primaries.
00:35:13It's because you wouldn't pound your candidates like I did.
00:35:17This is too important to make it personal.
00:35:20It's different when you build a candidate from nothing.
00:35:23When you're the person he looks to for more than just shock therapy.
00:35:28The Congressman wants you.
00:35:31Just Josh.
00:35:37(door opening) JOSH: I appreciate what you said about the President today.
00:35:40I've been thinking about the Reserve drill.
00:35:42I think you should do it.
00:35:44Get the past postponements out today, ahead of the letter.
00:35:46If they slam us for it, we'll deal with it.
00:35:49Look out the window.
00:35:53It's the Rocky Mountains.
00:35:55You turn the plane around?
00:35:56We're going to Forth Worth.
00:35:57The Marine Commandant in Washington-- he was my CO in the Gulf.
00:36:02He said I could get it out of the way right now, if I want.
00:36:06You know, I didn't have as much as a high school diploma in my gene pool.
00:36:12That commission is the reason why I'm on this plane.
00:36:15I'm not giving it up.
00:36:16Before anybody in the press gets a chance to take a shot at us, the whole country sees you in uniform.
00:36:22Better cancel our schedule for the next few days.
00:36:26I'm sorry about Lou, before.
00:36:28She's got a lot to contribute, but she should contribute it through me.
00:36:31Some of her ideas are a little extreme.
00:36:32That doesn't mean I don't need to hear them.
00:36:34So you feel like you need her at the table?
00:36:36I feel you do. Her and a whole lot of others.
00:36:38But there has to be somebody in charge to filter out the knucklehead stuff.
00:36:41In the Bartlet campaign... Jed Bartlet was in charge.
00:36:44You were right about the President, Josh.
00:36:46And Louise was right about leaving a vacuum.
00:36:49I need to hear it all.
00:36:52(knocking) Yep?
00:36:55BRAM: They're ready with that state briefing in the staff cabin.
00:37:03We're going to beat him on security issues, we're going to beat him on domestic issues...
00:37:08...we're going to beat him on trivia, too.
00:38:11REPORTER: The Santos Campaign refused to comment on the drill, saying the candidate was taking care of a personal obligation...
00:38:19MAN: It's a flight suit and helmet for the first time in two years.
00:38:22Personally, I think it's a charade, a made-for-TV movie.
00:38:24Why do you think he stayed in the Reserves for 13 years?
00:38:27MAN 2: ...Vinick takes a shot at the President.
00:38:28Maybe he's sincere about it, but Santos defends Jed Bartlet, and then says, "Hey, I don't just fund planes, I fly them." We jumped four points on security in last night's poll.
00:38:38What about the gender gap?
00:38:39You might want to use "Congressman Casanova" in a TV ad.
00:38:41Half the press are calling it a stunt.
00:38:43Yeah, but all the press is running the footage.
00:38:44When he goes on offense, he really goes on offense.
00:38:47Yeah, welcome to the cult of personality.
00:38:48Otto, I need that brochure copy on his military record.
00:38:51Edie, get Helen's schedule.
00:38:52We want her on the road with the Congressman at least three days when he gets back from Texas.
00:38:56Ron and Ned, foreign policy events, best idea gets an extra fortune cookie.
00:39:00So we're ordering Chinese? I've got menus on my desk.
00:39:02Ned, get the foreign policy binders.
00:39:03Plus economic announcements, R&E, high-tech infrastructure...
00:39:05Keep 'em coming, people. We got a long night ahead of us.
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00:40:02Previously onThe West Wing: JOSH: You should be introducing yourself, talking about your personal narrative.
00:40:07SANTOS: I don't want to just be the brown candidate, I want to be the American candidate.
00:40:11I guess you've seen this problem develop today, about my going to church.
00:40:15That's all right; I go enough for both of us.
00:40:17You saw Vinick on TV this morning.
00:40:19He was tough and he was authentic.
00:40:20He was Neil Young to your Neil Diamond.
00:40:23I like Neil Diamond.
00:40:23You've been called up for Reserve training.
00:40:25It won't look like a stunt? We're just following orders.
00:40:27MAN: Half the press are calling it a stunt.
00:40:28JOSH: Yeah, but all the press is running the footage.
00:40:32Nine points. Only nine points down.
00:40:34(applause) VINICK: That's why Ray Sullivan and I are working so hard to take back the White House for the Republican Party.
00:40:42And with your help, we're gonna do it.
00:40:45(fanfare plays) ! Thank you.
00:40:53Big Sur is on the move.
00:40:55Secure Room ready?
00:41:01Hi. How you doing?
00:41:03Hi. Good to see you.
00:41:04How are you? Hi. How are you?
00:41:07All right.
00:41:08Santos picked up two points in our tracking poll.
00:41:11This is the Secure Room, sir.
00:41:13Perfect. Morning, Senator.
00:41:15I'm Charles Frost and I'll be handling your daily intelligence briefings.
00:41:18Are you with the Agency or the NSC?
00:41:20Well, actually, I am an Agency employee, but I have been assigned to the NSC for the last six months, so, technically, ..
00:41:26Great. You mind if I multitask?
00:41:34Go ahead.
00:41:35Well, there's a situation in Kazakhstan...
00:41:40He should resign the Senate now so we can't be forced into any more difficult votes.
00:41:44He'd be breaking his promise to California voters to serve his full six-year term.
00:41:47We've already got enough problems with his voting record.
00:41:50Hey, I'm proud of my voting record.
00:41:52Well, most of it.
00:41:53I'd quit the Senate in a second if I thought it would help us win.
00:41:57Now it'll just look like a cheap stunt.
00:41:59I'm just saying... Forget it.
00:42:01I'm not quitting the Senate.
00:42:02We'll just have to turn the Senate into an advantage.
00:42:05No Senator has won the presidency since 1960.
00:42:07There is a reason for that.
00:42:09Sheila, will you please tell Bruno when I make a decision, that's the end of the discussion.
00:42:14What's the next stop?
00:42:16Fraternal Order of Police.
00:42:17It's only a couple of blocks, but Secret Service wanted us to drive.
00:42:20Do I give them the stump?
00:42:21The stump plus.
00:42:22Plus what?
00:42:23Homeland Security, the death penalty...
00:42:25A little extra law and order.
00:42:26The RNC has a TV ad they want you to approve today.
00:42:29Leon Montero will have the tape when you arrive.
00:42:31Are they ever going to stop showing these shots of Santos in uniform?
00:42:35That's what I call a stunt.
00:42:37Yeah? Pretty great stunt.
00:42:38You're going to be surrounded by uniforms today, too.
00:42:40Yeah, except I won't be wearing one.
00:42:43Okay, got to go.
00:42:44Hey, Leon.
00:42:46This is Bruno.
00:42:48Got a spot the RNC wants to run.
00:42:51ANNOUNCER: In six short years in the House of Representatives, Congressman Matthew Santos has voted for higher taxes 47 times.
00:42:58Must be his committee votes against all the tax cut amendments. it's no surprise that Matt Santos opposes the tax cuts that Arnold Vinick thinks you deserve.
00:43:06How much does Matt Santos want to raise your taxes?
00:43:09Can you afford to find out?
00:43:10Is this all you guys know how to do? Attack ads?
00:43:13Have you seen any of the ads I've written for this campaign?
00:43:15Anyone with half a brain...
00:43:16Leon's not with the RNC. He's one of us.
00:43:18He ran my California operation for years.
00:43:21And I don't write TV ads.
00:43:22I leave that for the people with half a brain.
00:43:25Have Sheila go over to party headquarters and tell them again we're not going negative.
00:43:30They get that, they just don't think you mean they shouldn't go negative either.
00:43:33The press knows you get to approve party ads.
00:43:36It's a good ad.
00:43:36Great ad.
00:43:37If you're ten points down.
00:43:39Santos is gaining on us.
00:43:40Reserve duty sure worked.
00:43:41You still have a lock on the Electoral College.
00:43:44A Democrat cannot win without California, and most of this country cannot imagine Santos as President.
00:43:51'Cause he's Latino?
00:43:52Latino, inexperienced-- you take your pick.
00:43:54You don't need this ad.
00:43:58Tell the RNC to shelve this one for now.
00:44:02But if Santos sa one word about my voting record-- just one word-- tell the RNC to carpet bomb the swing states with that ad.
00:44:10I got to go kiss some babies.
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00:48:57Vinickand message.
00:49:00I'm Arnold Vinick and I approved this message.
00:49:03I'm Arnold Vinick and I'll be the nicestPresident ever, I promise.
00:49:07(woman chuckling) Okay, quiet, quiet.Everybody, quiet.
00:49:09Please, Senator, once again.
00:49:11I'm, um...
00:49:14Arnold Vinick.
00:49:15Right, thank you, Leon. (chuckling) Okay, that's it. Out.Everyone, out of here.
00:49:20Relax, Bruno. Let them stay.
00:49:21I'll get it right.
00:49:22I'm Arnold Vinick and I approvedthis message.
00:49:27Good. One more.
00:49:29I'm Arnold Vinickand I approved this message.
00:49:33Wait, one more.
00:49:34I'm Arnold Vinickand I approved this message.
00:49:38I think we got it.
00:49:39Yep, we got it.
00:49:42When's the meeting withthe American Christian Assembly?
00:49:44We're stillworking on it.
00:49:45LEON:They want to do it at their headquarters in Atlanta; Sheila wants to do itat our headquarters or on neutral territory.
00:49:51Maybe in Philadelphia,tomorrow, after the VFW speech.
00:49:54CNN just releaseda new poll.
00:49:58Oh, a five point lead?
00:50:00Every poll out therehas Santos gaining.
00:50:02'Cause he put on hisold uniform for a weekend.
00:50:06There's a three pointmargin of error, so, really, we could beup by as much as eight.
00:50:10Margin of errorgoes both ways.
00:50:12It could bepretty much a tie.
00:50:13Senator, doesthe latest poll indicate that your opponentis closing in... No time for questions.
00:50:16Senator, what do you thinkof Congressman Santos doing his Reserve duty inthe middle of the campaign?
00:50:21Do you thinkit was a stunt?
00:50:22A stunt?
00:50:23No, that was, that wasdevotion to duty.
00:50:26That's what makesthe American military the greatest fighting forcein the history of the world.
00:50:30p And I hope Congressman Santoscontinues to do his duty, when I'm Commander in Chief.
00:50:36And I hope Congressman Santos continues to do his duty when I'm Commander in Chief.
00:50:41I'll take any sentence that hasSantos and "do his duty" in it.
00:50:45Big mistake.
00:50:45Vinick should havechanged the subject.
00:50:47MAN:In five...
00:50:48Think the uniform got to him?
00:50:50I know it did.
00:50:54Oh, no, Bill, of courseit wasn't a stunt.
00:50:57I've always answered mycountry's call to duty, and I always will.
00:51:00SHEILA:You had to do it, didn't you?
00:51:02Had to take a shot at Santosfor getting into that uniform.
00:51:05I didn't take a shot at him,I praised his service.
00:51:08Yeah, then you took a shot.
00:51:10Which you knew the networks would use.
00:51:12It was a cheap stunt.
00:51:13Santos could have delayed his Reserve duty until after the campaign.
00:51:18Well, your little quip is keeping the Santos story alive.
00:51:20He's gonna get another news cycle out of that cheap stunt, which, if you ask me, was a pretty great stunt.
00:51:25We need to be setting the agenda for this campaign.
00:51:28Santos should be chasing me, not the other way around.
00:51:31Santos is gonna have some good days, you can't let it get to you.
00:51:35Sheila, hold on.
00:51:36Put this thing on speaker.
00:51:38Go ahead.
00:51:39We stick to the message of the week-- Homeland Security.
00:51:42You just got the Fraternal Order of Police endorsement.
00:51:46You're going to get the Philadelphia Police Union's endorsement after the VFW speech tomorrow.
00:51:50And we're working on getting you the Houston Police Union's endorsement on Thursday.
00:51:55Guy was mayor of Houston and he can't get his own cops' endorsement?
00:51:58That's got to drive Santos up the wall.
00:51:59Do they ever endorse a Democrat?
00:52:02This is going to be a very good week for us, Senator.
00:52:05Maybe next week we can...
00:52:06We got to shake this up, now.
00:52:08This is not business as usual.
00:52:09Santos got a polling bump from the Reserve thing.
00:52:12That is gonna disappear.
00:52:13Santos is not the standard-issue Democratic candidate.
00:52:16Yeah, he's weaker than a standard-issue Democratic candidate.
00:52:19Matt Santos is a lot smarter and tougher than you think.
00:52:23We gotta take it to him.
00:52:24We've gotta put Santos in a jam.
00:52:27We can't just cross our fingers and hope for the Houston Police Union to do it for us.
00:52:31First one to go negative is a show of weakness.
00:52:33I want to knock him off message without ever mentioning his name.
00:52:36Look, we can find ways that can surprise him.
00:52:38VINICK: I don't want to surprise him.
00:52:40I want to shock him.
00:52:42How do we do that?
00:52:47Go to Hawaii?
00:52:48BRUNO: Take a vacation?
00:52:49Yeah, that will shock him, all right.
00:52:51Go to a blue state they don't expect us to compete in.
00:52:53Make him waste some money and time in Hawaii.
00:52:55Santos can read that play.
00:53:00Go after the Latino vote.
00:53:02(chuckles): Mm-hmm.
00:53:11Do I actually have to say how insane that is?
00:53:15I've always won the Latino vote in California.
00:53:17Why should I give up on that now?
00:53:19I don't know, let-let-let me think.
00:53:21Well, maybe because you're running against a Latino candidate who's gonna get about...
00:53:262,000 perecent of the Latino vote.
00:53:29Without ever opening his mouth on Latino issues: immigration, Mexican border issues?
00:53:34Without ever campaigning in the Latino community?
00:53:36He's got the Latino community locked up.
00:53:39What if we just do policy announcements on Latino issues?
00:53:42SHEILA: It's a waste of time.
00:53:43Bruno, if you're the... if you're the Santos campaign, how would you respond?
00:53:52I don't know.
00:53:54That's the whole point. Knock him off his game.
00:53:55Santos will never know what I'm going to do next.
00:53:58It's too risky.
00:53:59We gonna look unpredictable or are we gonna look desperate?
00:54:02We're changing the message of the week.
00:54:03We're canceling Philadelphia. We're gonna...
00:54:05You can't cancel the VFW!
00:54:07I am not a veteran of a foreign war.
00:54:09It's gonna look like I'm playing Santos' game, surrounding myself with military people.
00:54:14If you cancel the VFW...
00:54:16Cancel it.
00:54:16We'll regroup at headquarters tonight, plan a new message of the week.
00:54:20We're taking it to him, starting right now.
00:54:28JOSH: No, the earliest I can get him back to Cleveland is...
00:54:31let me see, uh, Tuesday.
00:54:33No, not tomorrow, next Tuesday.
00:54:34Yeah, but Pennsylvania is a swing state, too.
00:54:37It'll take me at least four hours, door-to-door, to fly the candidate and the traveling press from Pittsburgh to Cleveland-- I can't do this meeting right now...
00:54:44VFW says Vinick just canceled tomorrow's speech.
00:54:47Hold on.
00:54:49He canceled the VFW?
00:54:50VFW's offering us the slot, if we want it.
00:54:53Of course we want it.
00:54:54I'll get him out of New York early, have him in Philadelphia by noon.
00:54:56New CNN poll, Vinick's lead is down to five.
00:54:59Five? And the Zogby poll just gave us the lead in Maine.
00:55:03We got momentum, baby!
00:55:04We've got the big mo!
00:55:07Okay, if I drive him to Akron, can you guarantee me Cleveland press?
00:55:12Great, that's the plan. (hangs up phone) Why would he cancel the VFW?
00:55:15What is he, sick?
00:55:16They haven't released their schedule for tomorrow yet.
00:55:18They can't have anything better to do.
00:55:19There's nothing better than the VFW, if you're a Republican. And we got movement on the debate negotiations.
00:55:24You mean the negotiations about the negotiations.
00:55:26Right. The Vinick campaign has agreed to our demand.
00:55:33They're willing to come here to begin negotiations?
00:55:36And why is that bad?
00:55:37'Cause then we don't get to blame them for dragging their feet on debate negotiations.
00:55:41DAN: The Zogby poll just came out-- same as CNN.
00:55:44Josh is going to start pushing the press to do Santos momentum stories.
00:55:48He ain't got the big mo yet.
00:55:50He's got something.
00:55:53We're losing Maine?
00:55:55Zogby poll says Santos pulled ahead by two points in Maine.
00:55:58I don't give a damn what Zogby says, we change our board when ourtracking polls tell us to.
00:56:03Hang on. Actually, that was...
00:56:04Our own tracking in Maine now has Santos ahead by three.
00:56:11SHEILA: George, I'm telling you, he would love to meet with the reverends, but there's no way I can pull him off the campaign trail and get him to Atlanta.
00:56:18Georgia's not a swing state.
00:56:20He's ahead by 20 points there.
00:56:24Well, I understand.
00:56:25The reverends don't want to look like they're begging.
00:56:27Right, but you have to understand my position here.
00:56:31Okay, why don't you come over here tonight and have the meeting for them?
00:56:36They preserve their dignity, I preserve my campaign schedule, and we do a little business.
00:56:42Great, see you then.
00:56:44Just got you out of a meeting with the reverends.
00:56:47(laughs) Have I told you how much I love you?
00:56:50But you're gonna have to do a meeting with George Rohr.
00:56:53That vicious little...
00:56:55Geez, I'd rather meet with the entire American Christian Assembly.
00:56:59No, you wouldn't.
00:57:00George is a political professional, and the reverends follow his advice.
00:57:03You are going to be very nice to him.
00:57:05You're the devil, aren't you?
00:57:06I have the devil running my campaign, don't I?
00:57:11Okay, what do we got?
00:57:12We're changing the message of the week to immigration issues.
00:57:16It's the last thing Santos wants to talk about.
00:57:18Not just because he's Latino, but also...
00:57:20Would we be doing this if he wasn't Latino?
00:57:22Republicans have been going after the Latino vote for years now.
00:57:25You've made a good living helping them do it.
00:57:27Press is going to ask if you're doing this because he's Latino. And the answer is, these are important national issues that belong in this campaign.
00:57:34We're going to have to do better than that. What's the plan?
00:57:40Day one, tomorrow, policy announcement: double the border patrol.
00:57:46Obviously appeal to our Republican base.
00:57:49Photo-op in El Paso at the border crossing, and a photo-op with the Minutemen-- you know, the civilians who are helping patrol the border...
00:57:56You mean the vigilantes?
00:57:57They're not hurting anybody.
00:57:58Bunch of nuts patrolling the border with guns?
00:58:00Someone's gonna get hurt. BRUNO: Is there a local chapter of the Klan? Maybe we could do a drop-by.
00:58:04DAN: The Minutemen have got a lot of national press.
00:58:07Our base loves them. It's a good photo-op.
00:58:13We finish day one with a dinner speech to the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.
00:58:17It's a day of saturation coverage, in Texas, a must-win state for Santos.
00:58:21Next. Day two. Policy announcement: The Vinick Guest Worker Program.
00:58:25Legal status for illegals already here doing jobs Americans don't want.
00:58:30Okay, this I like.
00:58:31Good crossover appeal for Democrats and Independents.
00:58:34Especially if we sell it as part of our "Sensible Solutions" theme.
00:58:36We haven't got the events for this one worked out yet.
00:58:39Probably just a speech, not sure where.
00:58:40SHEILA: You can do it anywhere.
00:58:42Point is we get it out there and force Santos to respond.
00:58:44Because he's Latino. Look, we're not...
00:58:46The Latino community's gonna know what you're doing.