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The tempting fate

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14/04/2008

Ogni volta che si tratta di attendere il risultato di un’elezione, penso a una particolare scena di un particolare episodio di West Wing. Cercavo il video su Youtube ma non l’ho trovato, per cui ecco lo script. Ci risentiamo.

BONNIE
Congratulations everybody. Congratulations. Line up. Only one drink per person. Who’s
driving?

People come to her with glasses. Crystal. Toby walks in.

TOBY
Put it down! Put it down! Put it down!

BONNIE
Toby…

TOBY
No champagne.

BONNIE
We’re just getting ready to…

TOBY
Put it down. Everyone in this room let me have your attention, please. The law of our land mandates that Presidential appointees be confirmed by a majority of the Senate. A majority being half plus one for a total of what, Ginger?

GINGER
51.

TOBY
51 yea votes is what we see on the screen before a drop of wine is swallowed! Because there’s a little thing called what, Bonnie?

BONNIE
Tempting fate?

TOBY
“Tempting fate” is what it’s called. [starts collecting champagne glasses from everyone] In the three months this man has been on my radar screen, I have aged 48 years. This is my day of jubilee and I will not have it screwed up by what, Bonnie?

BONNIE
By tempting fate.

TOBY
By tempting fate! These things take patience. These things take skill. These things take luck. In the 15 months we’ve been in office, what kind of luck have we had, Ginger?

GINGER
Bad luck.

TOBY
What kind of luck?

GINGER
Very bad luck.

TOBY
We’ve had very bad luck. [beat] Where’s Josh?

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