When we return after the commercials, the camera's on a TV monitor (which informs us that it's "Day Two," thereby saving us from another title card) and some little kid with an extremely irritating voice snots that they drove all the way to Washington to see the Smithsonian and her grandmother and now they're only going to see the grandmother. When you do, I hope Grandma kicks your whiny little ass. We cut to C.J. and Leo coming in -- wait! There's the title card. Day Two. Again, no need to pay any attention whatsoever. Your viewing experience will be fully supported with small words and visual aids. Leo asks how the press reacted to C.J.'s closing the Briefing Room. C.J. -- who's wearing a girlish short A-line skirt with a cardigan set (the outfit she wore in "The Long Goodbye") -- says it hasn't made her any new friends in the media. Leo says that this will be won or lost by how it plays on TV. C.J. says, "They're blaming us." Their opponents are being painted as "Scrooge denying the needy," while the Democrats are being portrayed as addicted to spending: "Both our negatives are up, but ours more. You see Newsweek?" Leo says it beats the cover of Time, which Leo waves around. They reach his office as C.J. says that 193,000 veterans can't get their home loans processed: "We can't be doing this over the holiday." Leo says they won't be, as he dumps the copy of Time on his desk, and we see a cover featuring Haffley and the headline, "THE NEW BOSS?" C.J. wonders what the plan is. Leo indicates that there isn't a plan. Bingo Bob sticks his head in and asks for a minute. C.J. leaves, and Leo flips the magazine over before Bob gets to his desk. Bob asks how Jed's doing; Leo says he's fighting a cold. Bob wonders if it's time for him to talk to a few of his former colleagues in the House; Leo says, "Not yet." Bob runs down his Republican connections: "I served on Energy with Haffley. I sang in the Congressional Quartet with the Majority Whip. I've gotten drunk on fact-finding trips with most of the guys...." Leo interrupts to say that they can't send mixed signals. Bob says that if the White House is waiting for Haffley to call, they've misjudged their man. Leo says that POTUS will decide the terms. Bob: "No, he won't! Like it or not, we have a Republican Congress. They get to write the budget. The President only gets to edit it a bit. You want to blame someone, call James Madison." Leo thanks him for the history lesson: "I'll be sure to pass it on to the President." Bob leaves, with the following words of wisdom: "You know what they call a leader with no followers? Just a guy taking a walk." Leo pretends to ponder that.
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