Brian asks if Leona is using TMI to "manufacture" a reason to fire Will. Will says maybe. Brian says she wouldn't need a reason at all if NewsNight sank in the ratings because it was "too highbrow" to cover Casey Anthony. Brian recaps the entire season so far: Will's crappy show is making Leona's life in Washington D.C. harder so she's trying to get rid of him. Brian says he would have "caved" and reported on Casey Anthony too. Will says Brian isn't a serious journalist to begin with because he agreed to Will's ridiculous demands last Friday. Way to win the reporter over, Will.
Gary Cooper will be playing the part of Ron Paul in the mock debate. I'm not sure who Maggie supposed to be as she asks Jim Bachmann what she thinks is the most important question ever: since Bachmann claims that God told her to run for president, what does God's voice sound like? Rodney Dangerfield laughs at Maggie's question, but she says she isn't kidding. Also, why does no one ever eat those delicious-looking pastries that are always on the table of the conference room? And why does that conference room always get such delicious pastries? Who is bringing them in all the time? I'm hungry.
Anyway, whatever, Maggie demands that the first question to Michele Bachmann be about God speaking to her. What does his voice sound like? What did he say, word for word? Does he speak English? Does she hear voices often? "She's claiming to be a prophet!" Maggie says; "how is this not the first question Will asks?" Thank you for your contributions, Maggie. But even I, with no Christian upbringing whatsoever, know that usually when people say that God "spoke" to them, they don't necessarily mean that literally. Sometimes, they just mean they got a feeling or something. They don't literally hear some old guy's echo-y voice in their heads. That's all Michele Bachmann would have to say to make Will look kind of stupid for asking the question in the first place. That's probably why the other journalists haven't. But good thinking there, Sorkin, you media visionary, you!
Jim doesn't say this, of course. First he asks Maggie to stop calling him "she" and "her" because when you're on a show like this, being called a woman is the ultimate insult. "You're the one who wanted to play a woman," Maggie snarls. Jim goes on, saying a question like that doesn't "demonstrate a seriousness of intent" and is insulting to Christians. Maggie says she's a Christian too, and Michele Bachmann is the insulter, not Maggie. Maggie thinks that Michele Bachmann is insulting Maggie, Maggie's family, Maggie's congregation and Maggie's faith. Because she says God speaks to her? Give me a break, Mags. She thinks that Michele Bachmann is suggesting that all Christians are imbeciles and that God is a Republican. If you take what Bachmann said that literally, then sure. But no one really does, because it makes you look ridiculous. Also, I am now defending Michele Bachmann because I hate this show so much.