Toby is harassing Sam in the bullpen. He reads, "Step three: public disclosure of membership and contributor rolls for all organizations on the Attorney General's list of hate groups. This allows the American public to know who these people are, and where their funding is coming from." Sam brings up that pesky right to free association. Which is what allows me to bring up things like crickets while discussing a television program. Doesn't it? Sam points out, "Laws like this were passed in the South during the civil rights movement to root out members of such terrorist organizations as the NAACP." Toby says he knew Sam was going to say that. Sam doesn't care, and goes on to mention that the Supreme Court said such laws were unconstitutional. Toby, who really has lost his mind, says, "That was an ultra-activist Warren Court that struck down those laws, and I think they'd see it differently today." I'm not saying he's wrong, but this is so un-Toby-like that I'm waiting for the rest of the staff to try and peel off his face mask and reveal that Toby has been replaced by an alien impersonator. Sam comes close to that when he shouts, "Toby, you're an ultra-activist!" Toby shouts back, "And I was shot at, and so I'm acting! Right now!" C.J. approaches, and Sam tells her, "He wants everyone to have to register affiliation with the FBI." C.J. asks Toby if he has any problems with the First Amendment. "I'll get around them," Toby grumps as he leaves.
C.J. and Sam stroll on as C.J. says that there's a problem with the prosecutorial record of Tom Jordan, the guy Sam convinced to run for Congress. Sam says Tom's record is great, and C.J. responds, "Not during jury selection." She explains, "Your friend likes white juries for his black defendants." Sam rightly points out that Tom is a prosecutor, and C.J. rightly responds, "Not anymore. Now he's a politician, and this needs a save, so get into it, would you?" She leaves Sam looking a tad forlorn as we fade out.
Does anyone else wonder if they're going to have a special Halloween episode of The West Wing? There are plenty of White House ghost stories they could use. They could all have spooky experiences, and the Prez could see Lincoln's ghost, and then it could turn out to be Zoey and Charlie trying to scare them. Wacky hijinks galore! Just a suggestion.
Now it's the evening of October 20th, three weeks till Election Day. I never realized how long these commercial breaks were. Charlie is telling the Prez about the stock market in Japan, which is every bit as enthralling as you'd expect. The Prez asks if he's done for the night, and Charlie says there are a few phone calls to make. The Prez looks at the list and says that they're campaign calls. Charlie says, "Mr. President, why don't you stay in your office and make the damn..." Whoops. The Prez looks every inch the disapproving father as he stares at Charlie. He finally says, "Because I choose not to, Charlie. Because however an empty gesture it may seem, I would like to take some executive notice of the notion that it's probably not a good idea for the most powerful and influential person in the world to be calling up the people whose laws he signs, and asking them for money! I'm going to do it, but not behind this desk, and not in this room. What else?" Charlie, understandably cowed, says that the Prez may be hosting a reception for talk radio hosts on November 7th. The Prez takes the list of calls to be made and asks Toby to tell C.J. to come by in an hour. Charlie really needs a hug. You can tell.