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Crazytown, DC
It's somehow fitting that the third series of House of Cards episodes dropped on the same weekend as the CPAC convention. The latter is the annual orgy of conservative wackadoodery where the contenders for the next Presidential race (which is now pretty much an every-year thing) vie to out-crazy each other.  This year, the organizers made the mistake of opening their Twitter feed to suggestions for the candidates.  Here's a sample from just the last few minutes; the whole running thread in all its glory is here.


As one commenter quickly observed, the whole exercise is doomed to fail, since most bumper stickers don't have room for even 140 characters- fewer still if a third of it is taken up with a picture of Obummer with a ring through his nose.


Although he's nominally a Democrat, Frank Underwood shares much more with the CPAC-adoodles than he does members of his own party. Image is everything; the opening scene of 3:1 is all about that, as is his ruthless control of his image.  Ruthlessness, as well, is what got him from a middle-bench role in his party hierarchy at the start of Series 1, to VP at its end, and now to the leadership of the not-so-free world as we enter the third round.

Another well-timed coincidence in the show's arrival is that we just got the first disk of Tanner '88, a mockumentary of Presidential politics that Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau and legendary director Robert Altman did during the actual 1988 campaign season. It's dated, and the production values are way below what we now expect from HBO, but one amazing part of it was how they got real candidates, including real Republican candidates running at the time, to do cameos on the show.  Even Pat Robertson, as well as Bob Dole, play along with the act in just the first half of the first episode. Today, the likes of Scott Walker and Sarah Palin wouldn't be caught dead "pallin' around with terrorists," which is what they consider Hollywood and the "liburul media" to be. Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I don't think any real Washingtonian has ever appeared on HOC, despite its success and critical acclaim.  Probably because they're all afraid that Frank would outshine them, out-orate them, and quite possibly kill them.

You might very well think I'm going to crawl under the covers and binge-watch the whole thing. I couldn't possibly comment;)
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