There's another severe outbreak of Titlecardiosis (tm attica finch) in this episode. We see Haffley, Royce and some other members of their posse, but just in case you keep falling asleep or something, we are informed that this is the "Republican War Room." Haffley, watching C.J. on TV, says, "I figured they'd negotiate us down to two [percent], but a shutdown? They're not ready for this." The only woman in the room asks, "Are we?" Haffley says that Bartlet's the one who shut down the government, not the Republicans. Royce returns, saying that it took him a while to figure out how to unjam the copier. He says that if they can agree on 2\%, they can pass a CR tonight. Haffley wonders, "Why would we? He thinks people want his big government. Let's show them how well Americans can get by without the Deputy Director of Regulatory Intrusion." He rolls up his sleeves. Royce seems confident that the White House will call before the deadline: "They won't want it to drag on." The woman asks if Royce has spoken to Russell. Royce says he hasn't yet, but that's who'll be used as a go-between. Haffley says it doesn't matter who calls as long as they blink first. Another guy says, "In the meantime, we've got Congressmen looking for toner cartridges, and I've got 35,000 federal employees in my district out of work." Haffley tells him to work the media and make sure everyone knows whom to blame. He sits down. Royce just nods to himself, but not in the agreement way so much as, "Yeah, this chucklehead's going to screw us for sure."
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