"Your point, sir?"
"It's what Romney said about better days," JASmius answered, adopting a surprising tone of respect as he talked about the former Massachusetts governor. "Even if we don't get enough votes here now, maybe the members who vote against us will remember what he said, and be willing to keep an open mind for the next time."
Gibbs found himself nodding. "Perhaps, in the long run, he'll have ended up helping our cause."
"And what makes you think there will be a next time?"
The newly minted congressman grinned as he anticipated JASmius' answer: "The hope of better days."