Elsewhere, Van Alden continues the slow boil to insanity that's been building all these weeks. He tosses papers around his bed manically, then steps to his desk to return to his old favorite. He pauses briefly over an ad for Lucy at the Apollo Theatre and angrily crumples a news clipping about Nucky. He finishes for the night, as always, when he lands on that picture of Margaret fresh off the boat from Ireland.
Nucky arrives home with a bottle of champagne to celebrate the good news. As Margaret prepares herself for bed, he wonders if he can pour her some bubbly. Considering the historic occasion, she gives in to temptation. He toasts, "To the women's vote!" She volleys back good-spiritedly, "You've caught up with Ireland at last!" They take a sip, and he starts selling her on the progressive virtues of the Republican party, from emancipation and prohibition (which is working out so well) to getting women the right to vote. Margaret deflates his politicking and points out that enfranchising women was opportunism, pure and simple. He subtly, yet firmly, reminds her that it's not her right to consider context but rather to be thankful for what he and his cohorts have so generously decided to give to her.
He then tells her she must return the favor by making a speech for his new mayoral candidate, Edward Bader, at a women's luncheon that Sunday. Perhaps not fully appreciating his last comments -- or maybe because she just likes to bust his balls -- Margaret questions why. He says Bader is "the right man for the job," which has about a million implications. Margaret takes the statement at face value and questions whether a construction boss is suited to be mayor. Nucky says Andrew Johnson was a tailor. Ooooh, bad example, Nuck. A tailor who was never really intended to be president, who ascended by virtue of an assassination, and who was impeached. Margaret immediately mentions the impeachment, but Nucky brushes it off as "completely beside the point." Which it is. He's not asking for Margaret's help. He's demanding it.
Having reached her toes of keeping- Nucky-on-his-toes quota for the day, Margaret smartly recognizes it's time to submit. He outlines her speech: "It's time for a change, a new Republican party. The cronyism, the incompetence, the violence in our streets... All that's a thing of the past." "Is it?" asks Margaret. Just days after an innocent woman just got murdered in the streets by incompetent cronies of Nucky's so-called associate, that statement is a little too rich too take. Nucky smoothes the edges by pouring Margaret a little more champagne. Margaret gets to the meat of the matter, discerning that Bader's election will have no impact over Nucky's power. Nucky laughably spouts off that his job is really about overseeing and continuity. He claims Democrats would break up this continuity by having to start from scratch. Because that's what this is about. Continuity. Not illegal liquor or gun running or power brokering or turf wars or millions of dollars. Nope. Continuity. By gum, it's in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Continuity."