C.J. goes into her office to find Babish waiting there for her. He opens: "Thank God for Lexis-Nexis, huh?" C.J.: "I'll say." He wonders how long it will take them to find the paper he and Rollins wrote. C.J.: "About an hour. They'll make their deadlines." He sighs heavily and says, "I was going to say, you took a beating the last few months. And I was wondering if you were trying to get back in the game with one swing?" C.J., with a mixture of annoyance and indifference: "Is that what you were wondering?" He says yeah. She asks, "Anything else?" He says, "No," and leaves. She gives him a minor stink-eye as he goes.
Josh and Toby meet with Leo in his office about the estate-tax issue. Josh says that they spent the last few hours with the Minority Whip and some deputies; and that they have 218 votes for a repeal without breaking a sweat. Toby adds that it's 290 to override. Leo asks where they're getting the votes. Josh says, "The Republicans are calling an 'all hands'; we're assuming they get the full 226, plus Fayette, Genesee, and Trent. California --" Toby: "A state I've begged you to let secede from the Union..." Josh: "The entire California delegation wants a compromise; if they don't get one, they vote to repeal." Toby points out that they'd lose another thirteen votes from rural districts, maybe three of which would switch back if it was close. "But they'd get killed next November, and I wouldn't ask them to do it." Leo says, "That's 283; where are the other seven votes against us?" Toby says the seven votes are from inside the Black Caucus. Leo wants them to see Mark Richardson first thing in the morning; they've already set it up. Leo says that when they're done, they'll make their recommendation to POTUS, and "he'll make his decision to fight or live to fight, and that'll be that." Josh and Toby get up to leave; as they do, Josh asks, "These are members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Can you think of any reason why they'd oppose the estate tax?" Leo: "Sure." Josh: "Why?" Leo: "The first generation of black millionaires is about to die." Margaret comes in to let Leo know that POTUS is back.