Advise and Consent


Thank you.

- Morning, son. | - Good morning, senator.

Thank you.


Sheraton Rark Hotel.

- Good morning, Senator Danta. | - Good morning, Willoughby.

Hold it.

Why wasn't I let in on this?

- May I help you? | - Dot, Senator Munson.

Oh, just a moment, senator.

Good morning, Bobby. | How are you this morning?

You know how I am | this morning, Mr. Rresident.

I guess I'm in for it, aren 't I?

That's a hell of a thing to do | without talking to me.

Bobby, it's been over two weeks | since Shepherd died.

We couldn't go on forever without | a secretary of state. I had to get it done.

What was the matter | with the list of men we agreed on?

No, not one of them can really fill the bill.

Robert Leffingwell can.

You know how valuable he's been to me.

Sure, he's great. But the man's got more | enemies in Congress than anybody.

He's never played ball with us, not even | the most ordinary, political-courtesy kind.

Well, maybe that's the reason I want him. | He doesn 't waste his time on trifles.

Mr. Rresident, a United States senator | is not a trifle.

That's a joke, Bobby.

Fine. But Leffingwell's no joke.

And I have to stuff him down | the Senate's throat.

Now, look, I knew we were running a risk, | but I want him.

He can give us some creative | statesmanship, and God knows we need it.

Oh, come on, now. | What's our toughest problem?

You want me to talk to Warren Strickland?

There's no point talking | to the minority leader.

Our troubles are coming | from our own party.

Seab Cooley.

We can work out a deal with old Seab.

He says we can work out a deal with Seab.

- Who's with you? | - Stanley Danta.

Stan's always right there | on the job, isn't he?

He's the best whip ever in the Senate. | Tell him I said so.

He says you're the best whip | we've ever had.

Tell him the best whip we've ever had | says Seab Cooley will trade for one thing:

Leffingwell's head.

What'd he say, Bob?

That Seab won't trade on this, | and he's right.

We've licked Cooley before. | We can do it again.

Then we'd better get at it. | Suppose you start with Tom August.

- When did Tom become a Cooley man? | - He isn't. He's not a Leffingwell man either.

Since he's chair of Foreign Relations | we have to sweeten him up.

I'll call him in right away. | Good luck, Bobby.

- Oh, boy. | - You want off this one?

I'm with you, Bob.

There's no doubt | he's made a wild pitch...

but I'd like to back him up | all I can right now.

Sure, I know.

Hello, Bob, Stan.

- Good morning, senator. | - Come on in.

About 5'8", blond, a little cleft | in the chin, black dress, mink stole.

Sorry. Didn't see anybody | answer to that description.

Why don't you get married, Lafe?

A United States senator should stabilize | with a good, solid marriage.

If I did, I couldn't get elected.

It's the unmarried mothers | who put me in office.

Why don't you stabilize yourself?

There's a difference between | widowers and bachelors.

Widowers have more dignity.

- How do you feel about this lollapalooza? | - I think the president's nuts to name him.

But I'll vote for him.

What about your friend Brig Anderson? | Think he'll jump the whale?

- Leffingwell scuttled his power bill. | - Brig won't be influenced by that.

- Not on this. | - I'm trying to count a few noses.

- Suppose you give Brig a ring to make sure. | - If you like.

- Hello. | - Hello, Warren? Good morning. Bob Munson.

- Beating the bushes early, aren't you, Bob? | - I have a lot of bushes.

It's your garden, friend, not ours.

How many votes against Leffingwell | on your side of the aisle?

Somewhere between 17 and 20. | That's giving him the benefit of the doubt.

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