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Recap / The West Wing S 06 E 20 In God We Trust

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Senator Vinick has won the Republican nomination for President and he is being hailed by the party as the new leader. But he is being called into question as to why he doesn't go to church.


  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode is focused primarily on Senator Vinick as he is coping with being the Republican candidate, picking a vice-president of his own and asked why he won't go to church.
  • Entitled Bastard: Bartlet calls in Santos and Russell for a photo-op and when Will Bailey got word, he said that it was an insult to the vice-president to allow the Santos campaign into his White House.
    C.J.: Oh, so it's Russell's White House, now?
    Bailey: It's the vice-president's turf. He belongs here, they don't.
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  • Exact Words: President Bartlet noted that the Constitution spoke much of the separation between church and state, but it didn't say anything of the separation between church and politics.
  • Secular Hero: The Republican party, specifically Reverend Butler, Vinick's toughest opponent who just lost the nomination to Vinick, is wondering why their candidate won't join Butler at his church for prayers.
  • With Great Power: ...comes the biggest stash of high-quality ice-cream in the world.
    Bartlet: The hardest part of this job is knowing that this stash is down here 24 hours a day.

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