Toby approaches Senator Gaines on the steps opposite the Capitol Building and asks to speak to him. Uh, if no one's supposed to know anything about this, shouldn't he be a lot more cloak-and-dagger about this? It looks like a speech or press briefing just broke up. Yeah, there are hardly any reporters or cameras around. Not to mention, the guy that Gaines was walking with just stands there waiting and watching as Gaines and Toby walk away. Anyway, Toby tells Gaines his theory about how and why the Senator's not running for reelection: "And I'm offering you what I think could be the crowning achievement of your career." Gaines: "You want me to applaud the President more often?" Toby: "I want us to try to save Social Security. I'll bring the President along with a leading Senate Democrat to the table." Gaines: "Then we'll simonize the Hoover Dam?" Toby suggests they do this first. Gaines says that Toby's been good on this issue: "Your political hacks in the White House haven't." Toby says it will be a day without politics. Sure it will. Did he just stumble out of a Teletubby video? Gaines is skeptical, too: he says he'll suggest having personal savings accounts so that people can invest their own money, and "Josh Lyman's hatchet factory" will accuse him of turning Social Security into stock-market bingo. Toby assures him that everything's on the table. Gaines continues, saying he'll recommend trimming the cost-of-living adjustment, and that the opposition will brandish widows scraping by on monthly cheques of $740 and accuse him of wanting them to eat cat food. Toby insists again that everything is on the table: "I'm asking you to take one step, one small step toward greatness. You chair the Subcommittee, you're the one who can deliver House and Senate Republicans." Gaines: "Funny. I knew the perfect Republican to lead this in the House. Deeply committed to reform." Toby: "Senator, I...." Gaines: "Jim Carney was his name. And I think he's in a different line of work now." Toby: "Are you willing to let the trust fund go completely broke? 'Cause let's face it, that'll lead to the mother of all tax increases, or the total collapse of the system. Is that the legacy you want to leave? One step, Senator. That's all I'm asking." Gaines, thinking it over: "I'll need a Democrat. He'd better be a heavyweight."
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