As the day turns to night, T.J. plays the piano and Doug dances with his new bride. Bud and Elaine have a chat some distance away from the rest of the celebrants. They chitchat for as long as Bud can stand and then he broaches the subject of politics. He's already looking forward to getting Collier out of office. "Oh, sure, his numbers will spike with all the good will following this," he says. "But he'll squander it like the dumb shit-eating turtle he is." Elaine makes a weak attempt at propriety by reminding him the President has only just died, but Bud doesn't back down because it's not like Elaine was even serious. He says the nation will need strong leadership and they won't get it from Collier. "Now, you tell me you're gonna do something about this," he says. "Just say it. Say the words. Say you're gonna run." She looks at him for a long time. She doesn't say the words, but she smiles and it's not a rueful smile at all. None of these people deserve to be in office, but I suppose it's a rare politician who does.
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