In the office, Leo explains to POTUS that they still don't know anything about the truck accident because it's still too hot in the tunnel. They don't know whether they should evacuate Elk Horn yet, and everybody in the area is trying to shift responsibility to Bartlet to decide. Bartlet jokes that they should hold information about the crash as ransom until Idaho agrees to give him their electoral votes. Leo's all, whatever, President Shecky. Jed asks about other shipments currently in transit. I thought we had dismissed terrorism, but I imagine that they're being extra secure. Doesn't sound like a bad idea. There's a train shipment of low-level waste in South Carolina that has been stopped. However, there's also a shipment of high-level materials on the road, originating from Rocky Flats, and they can't just pull the shipment over because it makes them even more vulnerable to an attack. But they have beefed up the transport's escort.
Back at the Veep meeting, Larry or Ed points out that nobody knew Eisenhower's party until he ran. Ed or Larry brings up Ulysses S. Grant as having only voted once in his lifetime for somebody from the other party. C.J. says that Grant can be used as an example of just about anything. Leo joins the meeting, finally, causing Josh to suggest that they consider Leo to replace Hoynes. Leo thinks it's absurd. They all bicker about it and whether or not Josh just wants Leo's parking space. C.J. points out that it could be a good idea to consider Leo, if it weren't for Leo's past problems with alcohol and Valium. But then she points out Grant as an example of a leader who was a boozer. And also, Congress is just full of boozers, and nobody really seems to care much. That's my little addition to the debate. Leo asks them if they think an alcoholic couldn't be vice-president, or that there hasn't been an alcoholic already in that position during the twentieth century. He tells them he'll be around and leaves the gathering. Everybody looks like they realize they might have been just a bit insensitive to Leo.
Leo heads to his office, stopping to check his messages with Margaret. Josh comes after him to tell him that nobody really meant anything nasty about Leo in the discussion. Leo dismissively tells him that he wasn't bothered at all. They head into Leo's office and chat about Elk Horn. They're still considering whether to evacuate. Nothing here is particularly compelling or new, so I'll breeze over it. They're both worried about widespread panic if they have to evacuate the town. Josh just kind of stands there as Leo sits at his desk. Leo: "Anything else?" Josh: "I don't want to go back to my meeting." Leo: "Well, you're not staying here." Heh. Josh heads back. Leo looks thoughtful.