As Charlie leaves, Toby arrives. Jed calls after Charlie, "The Germans know how to make a knife, Charlie." Toby closes the door and Jed asks, "Josephine McGarry?" Toby says she's been put on a lot of short lists; why not pull the trigger? Jed says she's pretty controversial; Toby replies, "That's not a flaw." Jed argues that it is when it's a recess appointment; those are supposed to be appointments that the Senate would not have a problem with, and he knows that the Senate will have a considerable problem with this nominee. Toby: "That's the Senate's problem." Toby reminds Jed that he wants to have a debate on school prayer, and this will start it. Jed confesses he's not wild about the woman: "I've known her for twenty-five years and I think she's All About Eve." Leo enters from his office and asks what they're talking about. Jed says, "Recess appointments." Leo says he's got the final list and reads off three names for various appointments. Toby says they're adding a name. Leo asks, "Who?" and POTUS replies, "Josie." Leo says, "No...no!" Jed continues: "Assistant Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education." Leo asks if his sister called and asked for this. Jed says she didn't call him. Leo says, "I'm amazed." Toby: "She called me." Leo: "I'm less amazed." Leo says to take her name off the list. Jed says that it's not patronage if she's qualified. I get the feeling Leo's not worried about implications of nepotism or patronage. Toby cites her considerable educational background and experience. Leo objects, "They'll bring up school prayer." Toby says, "No kidding." Leo begs POTUS not to get on the back of Toby's horse. He feels it's leading to a fight for which they're not geared up. Toby insists, "We are geared up for it, and if we're not, we should get out!" Leo snaps, "Sure! You first!" Toby offers to take the meetings. Leo replies, "You're damn right! You'll take the meetings, and you'll start with aides to the Republican leadership, and you'll gauge exactly the volume of dumbness with no reward we can expect." Josh and Sam bust in and need to speak to POTUS. Jed tells Toby to take the meetings; he says he's very happy to do so. Josh says there's been a wrinkle in the San Diego situation. Sam says the refugees are claiming that they're Christian evangelicals fleeing persecution. Jed says, "You're kidding me." Josh elaborates, "They're seeking religious asylum." Jed repeats, "You're kidding me." Josh says that the Christian community is going to scream for them to stay, the Chinese government will say to send them back, and the INS is going to say that the law is the law. He adds, "This is a whole new thing." Everyone looks pretty grave. POTUS agrees. You can ponder the implications while we go to commercial.
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