1. Spacey's character represents the worst of both parties who game in government, who only
give to get, as power mongers, and who never govern for The People's interest. My husband thinks I'm crazy for thinking that what Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, does, really goes on in Washington. I tell him that I've never seen any evidence to refute this presentation. Except CSPAN. And what percentage of any congress person's day is a vote or debate.
Now, I'm assuming that "House of Cards" refers to his own eventual 'system' of power brokering, and doesn't refer to Congress. There's just no larger context to see his role in, which is only hinted at but not shown. We don't know if Underwood is intended to seem representative of how Congress people behave, or is intended to present some hyperrational, pathological state of politics.
I'm probably overthinking this. Anyway, it's cynical as hell.
2. I'm on episode 6 or 7. Its took me till episode 5 to
figure out which actors are dem and repub. which make the meme correct. "its hard to tell the difference"
between the parties. I believe what I am seeing is actually 10 times worst in the real Washington DC.