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Bubba Clinton: “House of Cards” Just Like Washington D.C. (Spoilers)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:20 am

Don’t read this post if you haven’t seen “House of Cards” and you plan to.

Anybody left? (I’m guessing there are plenty of you left, and that it’s a group comprising both a small handful of people who have already seen it, and a much larger group that never intends to.)

So. Bill Clinton recently told his pal Kevin Spacey, the star of the show, that real-life Washington D.C. is just like “House of Cards”:

According to Kevin Spacey, his friend Bill Clinton says 99 percent of what’s seen on “House of Cards” is true.

As the star of Netflix’s political thriller, Spacey plays the corrupt and conniving President Frank Underwood. Spacey, who counts former President Clinton among his pals, tells Gotham magazine, while doing his best Clinton impression, “Kevin, 99 percent of what you do on that show is real.”

Oh, just 99 percent. That’s a relief. You see, Spacey’s character Frank Underwood rises to the Oval Office through a manipulative and cynical brand of brass-knuckle politics that knows no moral bounds. Ruining reputations of good people, taking stances he doesn’t believe in, manipulating people like pieces on a chess board, and stabbing people in the back is the least of it. Spacey’s character also commits murder in his quest for power. More than once.

So it’s good to hear that only 99 percent of the storyline is accurate. Clearly, the 1 percent they got wrong is in making the President of the United States out to be such an amoral monster. Right, Bill?

Continuing with his impersonation of the 42nd president, Spacey says, as Clinton, that there’s one aspect of the show that’s pure fiction. “The 1 percent you get wrong is you could never get an education bill passed that fast.”


Well, things will be different when Hillary is in office.

14 Responses to “Bubba Clinton: “House of Cards” Just Like Washington D.C. (Spoilers)”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (15be32)

  2. And there will be lots and lots of people sitting out the next election to help make that happen, Patterico.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  3. this season was really below the standards of the last, they really made him as Richard 111 as possible, but without the murder, that being said, Underwood is much more the pragmatist,
    perhaps because he’s from South Carolina, then any of the Dem bench,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  4. And there will be lots and lots of people sitting out the next election to help make that happen, Patterico.

    I just gave money to Ted Cruz. First politician I ever gave money to.

    Patterico (15be32)

  5. I wasn’t referring to you, sir.

    Simon Jester (05bdd1)

  6. i already covered this sort of thing here a few minutes ago.

    no sense basically repeating myself…

    redc1c4 (a6e73d)

  7. Oh, I know, Simon. I’ll pretty much ink the circle for almost any schlub the GOP nominates, because I’m worried about the Court. Anyone who favors an Article V convention but refuses to vote for a GOP candidate (no matter how establishment/mainstream) would have to explain to me why they believe that it’s important to have written Constitutional principles (whether from the old Constitution or the new, Tea Party approved post-Article V Constitution) but not judges that will enforce them.

    Of course, it’s not good “blog branding” to say that you will vote for almost any schlub the GOP puts on the ticket. But I’m not in this to beat my chest about how great I am.

    I live in the real world, and in the real world we need good Supreme Court justices. And even weak establishment Presidents (like G.H.W. Bush) can nominate great judges (like Clarence Thomas, the best we have). Yes, they might give us crap judges — but so can Tough Talking Conservative presidents (like Reagan giving us Anthony Kennedy).

    The bottom line is: any GOP candidate is better than Hillary. Maybe not so much better to get you all excited and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling. But enough that you should drag your butt to the polls and cast your worthless vote.

    The Court matters. It really, really does. It shouldn’t matter as much as it does. But it does.

    Anyway, it’s primary season, and I have chosen the horse to back. Primary season is where you can choose anyone you like and go all out for them. I hope other supporters will put their money where their mouths are. Today is an important day for Cruz’s fundraising.

    Patterico (15be32)

  8. I could have sworn your punch line was going to be “The 1 percent you get wrong is your character is a Republican.”

    prowlerguy (3af7ff)

  9. So wait, Clinton is telling us he’s murdered people?

    scrubone (c3104f)

  10. Also: ?!?!!!???????!!

    scrubone (c3104f)

  11. It depends upon what the meaning of the word “1%” is.

    As has been noted above. Clinton is so predictable.

    bobathome (ef0d3a)

  12. I always feel like I need a shower after watching HoC. No wonder so many good and decent people opt out of running for public office.

    Dana (86e864)

  13. I was planning on binge watching once Obama delivers on the free cable

    steveg (794291)

  14. The bottom line is: any GOP candidate is better than Hillary.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. So, yea, if the ballot in 2016 has a squishy Republican running against a usual-suspect leftwing Democrat (and all Democrats in the 21st century are far more to the left than their predecessors were decades ago), unless I want to help crash the US — and guarantee it will be the American continent’s biggest banana republic — I’ll have to hold my nose and vote for the milquetoast Republican.

    Mark (9198e7)

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