It's 12:45 PM. The Santos bus pulls up in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. And I immediately start thinking of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes -- not the movie, but the stage show, in which Lorelei Lee's best friend Dorothy sings that one of her fondest desires is a house on Rittenhouse Square. I like to think that if Dorothy had gotten that house, she would be out ogling all the fine specimens of manhood connected to this campaign. In the back of the bus, Santos is still doing his Eschaton chat. He's dictating answers to Atrios, and when he feels that Atrios is taking too long to type them out, he taps the top of his laptop screen with a piece of licorice and tells him, "Let's go, let's go! I'm happy to type those answers myself." "Santos is really punchy," I think, is the message we're supposed to get from this. Josh arrives to pull Santos to the front of the bus. Santos tries to pour some more coffee, but the decanter is empty. He notices the television coverage of Sullivan in Colorado, and Lou points out that Russell should be able to neutralize him. And I've had enough trouble keeping Russell and Sullivan straight -- please don't give me any scenes with the two of them. Lou and Josh tell him about the good Ohio poll numbers. They're clearly trying to work their way up to telling him about Helen's comments on ex-cons voting. Santos isn't so far gone that he doesn't pick up on the awkwardness, and he asks them what's going on. They tell him about Helen's comments, and he responds, "That's not going to play so well with the law-and-order moderates in the West." Donna enters to bram Santos away to a rally, and he asks her for the schedule of events after the rally. Donna lists off a bunch of things, but then Santos points out that she forgot the CIA briefer. And Lou reminds them all that they're supposed to be in Cincinnati for a 3:00 rally. Lou wonders if they should bump McNally. I'm sorry, but you don't bump Nancy McNally. If you're lucky, she doesn't bump you. If you're really lucky, she doesn't have you bumped off. Santos tells them to see if McNally and Anspaugh can come to Ohio with them.
Santos emerges from the bus. We can hear the cheers of the crowd in the background. Some Congressman who is waiting for a picture with Santos calls him "Mr. President" and brags about having had his picture taken with "three other Commander-in-Chiefs." Santos corrects him, pointing out that it's "Commanders-in-Chief." Santos doesn't make him turn around three times and spit, but he does caution him about putting the cart before the horse. The Congressman tells him he's confident Santos is going to win. Commercials.