Bingo Bob and Josh pedeconference. Will trails in their wake like a remora. Bob's telling Josh that he was always a co-sponsor of the flag burning amendment when he was in the House, and that he thinks that in order to remain consistent, he needs to take the same position now. Josh points out that what worked in one House district might not be what you want to focus on in a national race. Bob thinks he has to respond, because "it's the story of the day." I just can't recap this entire conversation. The point of it is to show us that Bingo Bob is an idiot, and that Josh is a political genius. Josh's main point is that Bob should not be jumping on every issue that comes along, even if Governor Bundy jumps on some of them. Bob is the Veep, and that gives him a chance to pick his own issues and set the agenda himself. Or something like that. (We also learn in this conversation that Governor Bundy is scheduled to announce his candidacy in New Hampshire that day.) At the end of the conversation, Russell tells Josh, "Will here has been telling me for a while that you're the guy to run this campaign. Now I see why." By this time, they've arrived at Bob's office, and he has a meeting he needs to go into.
Now Will and Josh pedeconference alone. Will says, "He's not stupid." Josh: "Is that your bumper sticker?" Will thinks Bob is smart enough to take Josh's advice. Josh thinks it was a setup, but Will tells him that Bob really did want to release the statement on the amendment, and Will couldn't talk him out of it: "Once I heard your take on it, it seemed like the perfect time to put you two together." Wasn't Josh's take on the statement that Russell was a disloyal idiot for thinking about releasing it? Will tells Josh that he can write his own ticket, and that he would have full control over the campaign. Josh is surprised that Will doesn't want it, but Will points out that he's never run a national campaign. Josh thinks that both Bundy and Hoynes will destroy Bob in any debates, but Will points out that only Bob will have enough money to stay in a race against Bundy, and that by the time they get to the southern primaries, the Veep will be able to overtake Bundy, who won't "play well in the south." Will knows that Hoynes made an offer to Josh, and wonders if Bundy has also called him. Josh tells Will that "Bruno runs [Bundy's] campaigns." Will tells Josh that if they work together, "you can make him the candidate you want him to be. After that, we make him the president we need him to be." Donna must be practicing her drumming, because there is an ominous timpani sound underneath Will's final speech. Commercials.