Bill and Hillary have a Kevin Spacey Problem.
There are regular folks out there… or at least those who consider themselves ‘regular’ folks, watching. Many of those ‘regular’ folks have jobs in the media. And this presents the serious problem we are witnessing before our eyes in terms of how Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run is being covered.
For those that don’t know, or don’t watch, House of Cards is a Netflix drama set in D.C. in which a Sociopathic Politician, Kevin Spacey, manuevers his way through the political jungle to rise to the Presidency. The show practically writes itself as it is based on actual, and rumored, events of the past. Of course the names have been changed to protect… the innocent? Well, to protect someone… Combine all of this with a little artistic license in order to maintain continuity between episodes, and sadly you have what most of America considers ‘History’.
Alas, there is the problem for Hill and Bill.
It has been posited that Frank Underwood (Spacey’s character) has been modeled on Bill Clinton, and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright’s character) modeled on Hillary. It’s closer to the truth that Frank and Claire are Both Hillary and Bill as a mash-up of personality traits and behaviors. Frank is both Bill and Hillary just as Claire is both Bill and Hillary… however the composites of the characters were crafted, you can quickly see how very, very, unhelpful the last two years of Cards has been for the Clintons.
Cards in now in Season 3… that’s two full years and counting of Americans viewing what they most assuredly believe to be ‘the way things are done’ in Washington. The ‘regular’ folks see the show as real, the very same way they viewed the West Wing as real. (This always amused me. I’ve met a number of these ‘brilliant’ people. I can attest to the fact they never think as fast as Sorkin’s characters, and in the rare instant they did the thoughts that escaped their mouths were on the far horizon from what most of us would consider intelligent.)
Viewing this, it becomes easy for the American public to see Hillary’s creation of a Private Server to hide communications from her employer… the U.S Government, Her Family Foundation accepting Huge amounts of money for speeches given by a sallow former President whose claim to fame is not inhaling and diddling the help, the corresponding use of her influence in favor of countries traditionally considered hostile to the United States as well as the promise of a future Presidency and the influence associated with that position which could benefit said countries, in an appropriately cynical light.
It has also been rumored that Bill Clinton has been repeatedly asked to make a cameo on the show… even though Bill and Kevin are personal friends, one must seriously doubt Bill could survive what would be thrown at him should such a direct, unabashed, connection be made. If it did, I’m sure Hillary would find something with a bit more heft than an a lamp to hit Bill with.