Ainsley is waiting outside Leo's office as Sam passes through. He spots her, stares for a minute, and says, "Hi." I don't know how he recognized her from behind. Ainsley responds in kind. Awkward silence. Sam finally blurts out, "Something you forgot to mention about the 95% of the money going straight into the classroom and past the pork barrel buffet is that the school only got the money if they agreed not to distribute condoms." Ainsley squeaks, "Well that's a reason to veto it, because the thing our public schools need more than anything else right now are [sic] free condoms." Sam turns back to his folder. Josh enters, looking for Leo. He notices Ainsley, says that she looks familiar, and finally yelps, "You're Ainsley Hayes!" Sam tells Josh, "She works here now." Josh is confused. Sam says that Leo was waiting to tell Josh and Toby about it. "What the hell was he waiting for?" Josh wonders. Sam doesn't know. Ainsley answers, "Waiting until he hired me, which he hasn't done, 'cause I'm not taking the job." Josh repeats, "You're not taking the job." Ainsley says that she isn't, adding, "But thank you for talking to me, instead of about me." Josh rubs his eyes, "I'm still back on, he offered you the job, but you're not taking the job?" Sam gripes, "No, man, why participate in the process when you can get a job commenting on it?" "Man?" Ainsley angrily says, "You think because I don't want to work here it's because I can get a better gig on Geraldo? Gosh, let's see if there could possibly be any other reason why I wouldn't want to work in this White House?" Oh lordy, she's off again. She continues, "This White House that feels that government is better for children than parents are. That looks at forty years of degrading and humiliating free lunches handed out in a spectacularly failed effort to level the playing field and says, 'Let's try forty more.' This White House that says of anyone that points that out to them, that they are cold and mean and racist, and then accuses Republicans of using the politics of fear. This White House that loves the Bill of Rights, all of them -- except the second one." Gosh, just when I thought I couldn't dislike her more, she manages to surprise me.
Sam quietly replies, "This is the wrong place to talk about guns right now." Josh squirms a little. Sam says, "I thought your column was idiotic." He adds, "But for a brilliant surgical team and two centimeters of a miracle, this guy's dead right now," and looks at Josh. When we periodically cut away to Ainsley during Sam's rant, she looks condescending. I'm not sure if she's supposed to, or it's just the lipstick, but she has this slight smile that does nothing to make her seem, oh, remotely human. Turning back to Ainsley, he continues, "From bullets fired from a gun bought legally. They bought guns, they loaded them, they drove from Wheeling to Rosslyn, and until they pulled the trigger they had yet to commit a crime. I am so off-the-charts tired of the gun lobby tossing around words like 'personal freedom' and no one calling 'em on it. It's not about personal freedom, and it certainly has nothing to do with public safety. It's just that some people like guns." Josh rests against a wall and covers his face. Ainsley, who has finally lost her smirk, agrees, "Yes, they do. But you know what's even more insidious than that? Your gun control position doesn't have anything to do with public safety, and it's certainly not about personal freedom. It's about, you don't like people who do like guns. You don't like the people. Think about that, the next time you make a joke about the South." Hey, there are plenty of jokes about the South that have nothing to do with guns. (My apologies to the Southerners out there, but c'mon, wasn't that comment perpetuating the stereotype she claims to be offended by?) And Ainsley, can I just point out that the lovely split-level home you live in has see-through walls, and that the Republican party isn't exactly known for promoting tolerance for different ways of life? Oh yeah, one more thing: shut up. Toby enters, also looking for Leo. Charlie pops in, hands Toby a note, and exits even as Josh asks him where Leo is. Toby reads, passes the note to Josh and leaves. Josh reads, and passes it to Sam. Sam leaves. Ainsley wonders if it was something she said. It wasn't, but it should have been.