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: Okay, forget what I was saying. I want you to get out there and lower expectations now. Louise Thornton
: Beyond what they are? Josh Lyman
: Lower than low! Go for low! Hades low! Spinning iron core in the planet low! Low!
: Rough day? Josh Lyman
: Nuh, typical. Louise Thornton
: You love it, you live for it, you were born to do it, I'm the same way. Everybody tells me to get a life, although I don't know why... I find life to be terribly overrated. It's actually quite boring when it's not disappointing. Say what you will about what we do, but boring it is not. Josh Lyman
: I know that you can parlay the Santos win into a doubling of your fee. Louise Thornton
: Tripling, if it figures into your memoirs. Josh Lyman
: Nothing is going to top this. Everything else's going to be a letdown. Louise Thornton
: Letdowns that make me semi-rich, that's a tradeoff I'm willing to endure. Josh Lyman
: You don't care about money. Louise Thornton
: Who doesn't? Josh Lyman
: You! Louise Thornton
: Not as such. Josh Lyman
: As what? Louise Thornton
: Scorekeeping. Quantitative evidence that I'm smarter than you. Not *you*. Josh Lyman
: Who? Louise Thornton
: Everybody else. Josh Lyman
: Come on board as communications director. Louise Thornton
: Thank you, but no. Josh Lyman
: Finish what you started. Louise Thornton
: I'm not interested in governing. Josh Lyman
: Campaigning's about promise; governing's about achievement. It's, it's tougher and a lot less romantic, but it's not boring. I already think you're smarter than everyone, that's why I want you down the hall. Come on, it's not like getting a life! Louise Thornton
: That's true, look at you.
: [Santos has lost his briefcase
] There's nothing bad in there? Josh Lyman
: Like? Louise Thornton
: I don't know, heroin, porn? Josh Lyman
: No. That's all mine.
: Let this attack stand and we strip away what's different about Santos: he's a religious Catholic, not another secular Democrat who can be portrayed as hostile to heartland values. Matthew Santos
: Leo? Leo McGarry
: I worry about elevating this, but if the charge sticks it could kill us with values voters and that puts Vinick's nine-point lead in the bank. Matthew Santos
: We hit Vinick and we hit him hard!