West Wing
The War At Home

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Anemones?

Josh and Donna are looking at the polling results. Josh says, "Son of a bitch." Donna quietly says, "I'm sorry." Josh: "Five-day waiting period, that's all. A person can't wait five days to buy a gun? Someone needs a gun right now, right this second -- isn't that something the public should be concerned about?" Kenny and Joey are there, too. Donna says, "On the other hand, taking the feelings of gun owners into account, if you've got to shoot somebody, it probably isn't something that can wait." Donna kind of glances at her watch and says, "You mind if I take off?" Josh asks what time it is. Donna: "2 AM." Josh looks at his watch and says, "All right, we'll call that a full day. But come in early tomorrow." Donna: "Yeah." I think she was going for mild sarcasm, but got off the bus at weak acquiescence. He asks if she's all right getting home; she indicates that she is and bids everyone farewell. Joey tells Josh, "They're just preliminary numbers." Josh says they're not going to change. Joey agrees. Josh mentions the five-day waiting period. Joey says that it tested well nationwide -- had fifty-eight percent support. Josh: "I didn't need nationwide, I needed those five districts. Now we're going to have to dial down the gun rhetoric in the Midwest." Joey asks, "Why not dial it up?" Josh refers to the what the numbers just told them and Joey responds, "You don't know what the numbers just told us. I'm an expert and I don't know what the numbers just told you." Josh declares, "We know." Joey asks, "Really?" Josh asserts, "Numbers don't lie." Oh, please. I'm with Joey, who says, "They lie all the time. They lie when seventy-two percent of Americans say they're tired of a sex scandal, while all the while, newspaper circulation goes through the roof for anyone featuring the story. If you polled a hundred Donnas and asked them if they think we should go out, you'd get a high positive response. But the poll wouldn't tell you it's because she likes you and she knows it's beginning to show and she needs to cover herself with misdirection." I should be obsessively looking for Josh's reaction, but I'm still reeling from the thought of a hundred Donnas. Josh looks serious and skeptical and enlightened all at once. Josh says, "Believe me when I tell you, that's not true." I can't tell if he's more worried about whether this might mean Joey won't be interested in him, or that Donna is. Joey continues, "You say that these numbers mean dial it down. I say these numbers mean dial it up. You haven't gotten through. There are people you haven't persuaded yet. These numbers mean dial it up. Otherwise, you're like the French radical, watching a crowd run by and saying, 'There go my people. I must find out where they're going so I can lead them.'" Josh looks like he wishes he'd thought of that, and says, "Yeah." Joey suggests that they go through the rest of the numbers in the morning. Josh agrees.

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