As Josh exits Annabeth's office, he runs into Will, who "wanted to give [Josh] a heads-up on the Vice-President's statement about the flag burning." The statement is awful -- Bingo Bob is calling for a Constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. Josh asks Will, "Can this guy open his mouth without pandering?" I don't know -- can you speak to Donna without patronizing her? He tells Annabeth to let him know when Penn and Teller arrive, and walks into his own office. Will follows behind him, trying to explain his position. Josh hollers for Donna, asking where an OMB report is. She tells him it's "where the OMB reports always are, in the stack beside the thing." When he asks for the supplements, she tells him they are "in the supplementary stack, beside the other thing. Okay, I'm done helping you ignore Will." Once she leaves, Will asks Josh how he would advise the Veep to respond to a flag burning in the White House. Josh: "I would tell him to shut up. I would tell him to show a little loyalty to the President and his family. But then, I'd have to explain what loyalty is, wouldn't I." Will asks Josh if he has "time to do that now."
Air Force One. Toby is on the phone with someone, explaining that Jed "shook a few too many hands in New Orleans, but the pilot says we can make up some of the lost time in the air." Behind Toby, a waiter enters Jed's office with a tray of food. Man, that chicken looks good. In the office, shrimp guy is explaining to Jed that both China and Vietnam are dumping shrimp on the U.S. market below cost. Thus, if the U.S. files a WTO complaint about China's shrimp, it will have to do the same about Vietnam's shrimp. It turns out that China and Vietnam supply about twenty-five percent of America's shrimp, and that domestic producers could not make up the difference. Also, apparently Brazil is trying to increase its share of the U.S. shrimp market. My God, I can't believe I'm writing an entire paragraph about shrimp. I bet this doesn't happen with Everwood. In any case, Jed is concerned that he just told a bunch of shrimpers that he would do something about Chinese shrimp, and now he's being told that there's really nothing to be done. The Secretary of State tells him that he is going to do something -- he's going to raise the issue. Jed: "You know, Teddy, no one outside the State Department thinks that raising the issue and doing something are the same thing."
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.