What kind of free world are you running?

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TELEPLAY BY: PAUL REDFORD & DEBORA CAHN AND AARON SORKIN
STORY BY: PAUL REDFORD & DEBORA CAHN
DIRECTED BY: ALEX GRAVES

ABBEY
What's the trouble, Sheriff Taylor?

BARTLET
Foreign Ops came out of mark-up.

ABBEY
How is it?

BARTLET
It's good. They only cut two billion and shifted half a billion from the Sub Saharan to Western Europe because I guess the crippling hunger in Provence has given the lactose intolerant a problem with-- I don't know but I can live with all that.

ABBEY
Good.

BARTLET
Clancy Bangart attached an amendment.

ABBEY
Stipulating what?

BARTLET
Stipulating that Foreign Ops dollars wouldn't go to any overseas clinics that council abortion.

ABBEY
Is that out of the blue?

BARTLET
Yeah.

ABBEY
It is, I mean, or it was...

BARTLET
This is the Senate. They can do that.

ABBEY
I was just asking. I mean did Bangart give any indication...?

BARTLET
No, there was no indication. Clancy Bangart doesn't let me know what he's thinking.

ABBEY
Hey, I was just asking you.

BARTLET
There's a handful, a handful and a half of cranky conservative Senators who want this stuff, and were waiting to pounce. It's what happened.

ABBEY
Clancy wants to reinstate the gag rule.

BARTLET
Yeah.

ABBEY
Is the bill sunk?

BARTLET
I'm sorry?

ABBEY
How many Democrats are defecting?

BARTLET
I don't know yet.

ABBEY
How many would defect if you asked them?

BARTLET
I don't know.

ABBEY
You didn't make the calls?

BARTLET
I'm not prepared to do that yet.

ABBEY
What would happen if you said, "Send me this bill with the gag rule and I'll
veto?"

BARTLET
I don't know.

ABBEY
Did you talk to the leadership?

BARTLET
I'm not prepared to do that yet.

ABBEY
It's not that the money can't go to clinics that perform abortions. It's that it can't go to clinics that talk about abortions.

BARTLET
I know what the gag rule is.

ABBEY
I wasn't reminding you what the gag rule was. I was reminding you that you sent 11,000 U.S. troops to KuHndu because in your inauguration you told us that we were for freedom of speech everywhere.

BARTLET
That's great except people are starving to death, and they're dying of disease to death, and they can't cook the Bill of Rights.

ABBEY
So we're for freedom of speech everywhere, but poor countries where they can have our help but only if they live up to Clancy Bangart's moral standards? What the hell kind of free world are you running?

BARTLET
I really don't know Abbey, the day hasn't started yet.
BARTLET
You want to hear about Max Weber?

ABBEY
Get into bed.

BARTLET
German thinker Max Weber said that politics is the "slow boring of hard boards and that anyone who seeks to do it must risk his own soul". You know what that means?

ABBEY
I like how you think that patronizing me is going to make me feel better. It's sweet.

BARTLET
It means that change comes in excruciating increments for those who want it. You're trying to move mountains. It takes lifetimes. But [...] I like our chances for the long run.