Meanwhile, at the after-work hangout known as Hang Chew's (which is right next door to a pub that I refuse to believe isn't open after nine o'clock), Jim is showing us what a great reporter he is by saying he's not interested in Wikileaks at all. "You're nuts," Neal says, then yammers on about how it'll be an "absolute gamechanger" for journalism. Jim calls him a nerd. "Future paradigm interface," Neal says. Maggie walks in. Jim smiles and stands up. She smiles back, but it's because she's meeting Don there. Somehow, Jim didn't notice that Don was sitting behind him on the couch this whole time. Nice observation skills, journalist.
"I've been sitting here for two and a half hours and I still don't know why," Charlie says. I know how he feels. In fact, I'd imagine most of the people who managed to get this far into this series feel that way. Charlie claims that NewsNight covered a bunch of international stories along with the Tea Party stuff (international stories? American audience = zzzz), so it's not like the show was all Tea Party bashing all the time. Except it obviously was.
Skipping all the way to August 31, Will has an interview with Bryce Delaney, a fictional senator who just lost the primary to a Tea Party candidate. Will points out that Delaney has a ton of experience in being a senator and therefore should never lose to a mere dentist. Because the fact that someone has done a certain job for a long time means he must be good at it. Even though it seems that most of his constituents were unhappy enough with however he was doing to choose someone else. Which is, you know, the democratic process. I can't imagine why people didn't want to vote for Bryce Delaney, who is all old and tired-looking and tired-sounding as he blames his loss on the fact that he once said that Obama was not a socialist and a he co-sponsored a bill with a Democrat that gave homeless veterans housing, counseling, and job training. "Thank you for your service to your country, sir," Will ass-kisses; "you'll be missed in Congress." Not missed by his constituents, it seems, the overwhelming majority of whom voted for someone else to represent the Republican party. "Good luck," Will says. I'm sure the ex-senator will be just fine with his lifetime health insurance benefits and pension.