House of Cards II: ‘Looking Forward,’ Real-Life Senators Say

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright play ruthless politicos in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

Power. Sex. Betrayal.

Those are just a few of the themes in Netflix’s vastly popular drama, “House of Cards.”

Intrigue might run strongest in the nation’s capital, where lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are fans of the political thriller.

“It is extremely well written and they did a great job. Looking forward to next season,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.

“I want to finish the first season — the only unrealistic part of the show is that a Democrat can represent South Carolina, that would never happen. But it is great acting,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolinian, like leading man Rep. Frank Underwood, played by actor Kevin Spacey.

With today’s second season premiere, we take a look at where some of the leading characters may have found their inspiration:

Rep. Francis Underwood / Played by: Kevin Spacey

Smart, influential, and calculating, Rep. Frank Underwood knows how to play the game and the cards in his hands. Always with one eye on the ultimate prize, Underwood’s not looking to make friends in his path toward greatness.

Washington Inspiration: Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

Claire Underwood / Played by: Robin Wright

Powerful, respected and well known, Claire Underwood, like her husband, knows what it takes to get the job done, even if it means getting her hands a little dirty.

Washington Inspiration: Hillary Clinton

President Garrett Walker / Played by: Michael Gill

Always a step behind on influential decisions and key events, tt only seems like a matter of time before Walker becomes obsolete.

Washington Inspiration: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue

Presidential Advisor Raymond Tusk / Played by: Gerald McRaney

Man behind the curtain, things don’t happen unless Tusk decides they do. Power and influence beyond what many can comprehend.

Washington Inspiration: Karl Rove, Koch Brothers

Lobbyist Remy Danton / Played by: Mahershala Ali

Danton has the dollars and debonair to make what he wants happen. The bottom line is his bottom line.

Washington Inspiration: All lobbyists in Washington

Reporter Zoe Barnes / Played by: Kate Mara

Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, sometimes asks for trouble.

Washington Inspiration: Me.

This posting is offered in jest.

Enjoy Season Two!


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