On a side note, I've always found the word "sop" kind of funny. I've only seen it used in the third-person way that Thrush uses it, when somebody else doesn't get what they really want and is offered something lesser as a consolation. I don't know if you're allowed to use it first-personally or second-personally, as follows:
Durbin: Sorry, Arlen, we can't suddenly make you an incredibly senior Democrat.
Specter: Darn it! I can't keep my seniority... can I have a sop?
Durbin: All right, I'll give you a sop. How about this bread soaked in some liquid?
Specter: I don't want that.
Durbin: [Eating] Mmm. Well, how about letting you chair the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs.
Specter: Okay, that's a reasonably good sop.