Toby falls prey to a practical joke by the rest of the staff, after which everyone but Leo takes off for the debate in San Diego. Sam makes a side trip to Newport Beach to explain to the congressional campaign manager of the late Horton Wilde why the campaign has to fold even though Wilde is still on the ballot; what Sam doesn't expect is a stalwart named Will Bailey who, determined to keep the ideas of the campaign alive, continues to hold campaign events and do door-to-door canvassing. In San Diego, a nervous w.w. staff readies itself to spin for the president, but when Bartlet and Richie go head to head in a unique debate format, Bartlet tears Richie apart on states' rights, education, taxes, etc., by being precisely the intellectual snob everyone had accused him of being and using it to his own advantage. Back in DC, Leo and Jordon Kendall meet with the Qu'mari ambassador to the U.N., and Leo warns Qu'mar to back off its campaign to charge Israel with the assassination of Defense ... Written by
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I thought he was going to have to fall all over himself trying to be genial.
So did we, but then we were convinced by polling that he was going to be seen as arrogant no matter what performance he gave in the debate, and then that morning at 3:10 my phone rings and it's Toby Ziegler. And he says 'Don't you get it? It's a gift that they're irreversibly convinced that he's arrogant, because now he can be.' If your guy is seen that way you might as well knock some bodies down with it.
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