Disclaimer—Characters belong to Aaron Sorkin. No copyright infringement intended. Any similarity to events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Author's Notes—She still bugs me. Can't help it. But, hopefully some good news from JS. :) At least for me. Big thanks to the Sirens as *always*.

Spoilers—Pilot, Take This Sabbath Day, Six Meetings Before Lunch, Lies Damn Lies and Statistics (I think), In this White House, Galileo, 17 People

Archive—Sure. Just tell me where.

Feedback—Always greatly appreciated.

Other Things in My Head—What Sam's really thinking.

Does she know how idiotic that sounds? At all? Nope, because if she did, she wouldn't be speaking. She is appalled to think that she wasn't equal to a man? Of course she wasn't and she still isn't. We covered that on the way to the mess. When the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution was written, the government wasn't thinking of her, of the First Lady, of C.J., Cathy, Donna, Margaret, Mrs. Landingham, Bonnie, Ginger, my mother, her mother, Mallory...

Mallory.

You know what the difference between Ainsley and Mallory is besides the fact that I find only one of them attractive? I can argue productively with Mallory. I can't with Ainsley. Mallory and I can go on for hours and it doesn't feel like I'm ramming my head against a brick wall. Ainsley refuses to give an inch. Her Republican ideals are set in stone and God forbid you come through to chisel a little modern-day thinking in at the bottom of the granite tablet. She won't let you. She can't admit when she's wrong.

I am a modern man of the twenty-first century and I admit I have shortcomings. I screw up my geography when I'm on television. I break a good dozen coffee cups that will be coming out of my pocket come tomorrow morning. I fall out of boats. I try to be nice to a law student who has a horrible night job and I'm ridiculed mercilessly because of it. I take it all in stride.

Ainsley Hayes hides behind her Republican shield like it's some magical talisman or something. And, being from the Bible Belt, she really shouldn't do that.

I might consider telling her that if I thought it'd do any good at all. I'm not going to waste my breath on it, though, because even with my "penchant for trying to change people for the better," I know I can't change her. She can live with her blinders on. I tried to make her see, to offer her a little enlightened thinking, but I will not waste my time on someone who will not give my ideas a second thought. Laurie would and did. Even after my counsel and a few lunches in the backs of quiet cafés, she decided to keep her job. She thanked me for my advice and made a very convincing argument as to why she would keep her job--it was *really* compelling, about why a law student would habitually break the law, not to mention interesting and quite well thought out.

I won't have a conversation with Ainsley like that, not where she'll come to me and say, "Gee, Sam, I've given your position a lot of thought and, y'know what? I believe that your idea is actually more logical than mine. Thanks for opening my eyes and expanding my mind." I'm all for new ideas. All for it. If my thinking is wrong, I welcome someone to come and set me straight.

Does she? No. She just won't see and that's her fault.

Mallory does. And she likes to see me 'all puffed up.' Maybe I should call her. See if she'll go with me to the White House Correspondents' Dinner...

"I could've countered that, but I'd already moved onto other things in my head."

End.

 

 

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