On the show, Rube One says the Tea Party is about taking the government back from politicians who are controlled by corporations. Rube Two says the media seems to be "confounded" by the Tea Party's grass-rootsness and lack of a central governing body. "I'm sorry?" Will says. "It's what the media doesn't get," Rube Two explains, apparently thinking that Will just doesn't know what the word 'confounded' means; "we are 'We, the People,'" Rube Two, whose accent is suspiciously similar to Sarah Palin's, says. "There it is," MacKenzie smirks.
Will asks the rubes where their funding comes from. Rube Two insists it's all from people who don't have much money but are willing to part with it because they believe in this cause so very much. Will asks them if they've ever heard of David or Charles Koch or Koch Industries. They have not, although Rube Two thinks Will is talking about Coca-Cola. Will is happy to enlighten them: the Koch brothers own the second-largest private company in America and are billionaires.
Maggie continues to have problems getting words to come out of her mouth as she explains that there was a Tea Party event last weekend.
Will reads the invitation to the event over the air and says it was paid for by a group called Americans for Prosperity. AfP has given lots of money to Tea Party candidates, and guess who founded AfP? The Koch brothers. "I'm confounded," Will smirks at the rubes. Or, he would smirk if he wasn't doing his Keith Olbermann raising-just-one-corner-of-his-top-lip-to-speak impression.
Maggie bolts out of the meeting. Jim follows her. The Rodney Dangerfield guy appears to have fallen asleep again. Don wanders through the bullpen even though he's now long since left NewsNight for Elliot's new show, and Jim asks him where Maggie is. "She's okay. She gets panic attacks," Don shrugs; "she's fine. She just needs to be left alone. She went out on the terrace to get some air." Sounds like Don and Maggie have things reasonably under control. Jim makes a sarcastic comment about Don's show and its coverage of the McRib sandwich (apparently everyone is at work in the middle of the night, as we know that Elliot's show ends at 11 PM). "Yeah. Go fuck yourself," Don says awesomely.
And then we're at the other meeting, with Charlie and Reese and Jane Fonda. Is Charlie telling them about Maggie having a panic attack? No wonder their meeting has been going on for such a long time. Also, Charlie is now openly drinking. Reese points his finger at him and says he can't let NewsNight attack the Kochs without clearing it with the 44th floor first. "Get your finger outta my face, Reese," Charlie says. "I will always wave my finger in your face!" Reese Alicias. "We stand for something. It's a moral obligation. Get used to it," Charlie says. Oh my god, Charlie. You guys aren't trying to end slavery or liberating concentration camps. You're writing a bunch of words for some guy to speak for an hour a night. Get over yourself.