Framhagen is in his office, pouring some clear liquor into his orange juice. Leo walks in, and Framhagen thanks him for coming over. Then Framhagen holds up the bottle and asks if Leo wants to join him. Leo declines, and Framhagen claims to have just been fooling. But I don't believe him, especially when he admits that he wishes more people in the government did drink. Leo asks him how he discovered the trip, and Framhagen lists a number of ways he could have found out. Framhagen keeps talking about the wonders of alcohol while Leo ignores him and talks about the fact that the pro-embargo stance is no longer the sure political winner it once was. Framhagen finally gets to the point, telling Leo, "It's too late for the Bartlet administration to go legacy shopping in Cuba." Didn't they already spend all their legacy shopping money in the Middle East? How much more legacy do they need? And then they have a debate. Point: Castro is bad. Counterpoint: Embargoes don't work to erode dictatorships, but engagement does. Leo tells Framhagen about the minor changes that they're actually proposing. (Minor, because the actual embargo is codified in U.S. law and can't be modified solely by the President.) After a nearly interminable debate, Framhagen stands up and tells Leo that whatever the Bartlet administration does will just be undone in a year, because any action to weaken the embargo will cause the Democrats to lose Florida in the presidential election, and therefore to lose the election. Leo mentions 1995, and Framhagen asks him what he's talking about. It turns out that Framhagen was somehow involved in swinging the results of the recount in the Congressional election that year. Framhagen mentions the fact that he and Leo got plastered together. Framhagen tells Leo, "We were close once, back then." Leo responds, "No, Senator, we just drank back then. We were never close." And with that burn, Leo leaves the room.
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