For at least the first two seasons, Netflix's House of Cards had plenty going for it: Kevin Spacey as conniving congressman Francis Underwood, Robin Wright as his equally devious wife, Claire, murder, suspense, and the breathtaking beauty of the nation's capital.
It was never troubled by reality. Underwood, a Democrat, represents the South Carolina district around Gaffney — white Southern Democrats are virtually extinct. He's Whip, but the real power in the House behind the nearly comatose Speaker and Majority Leader — no Whip would have that influence. A real hoot for Zonies was the character of Hector Mendoza, the Senate Republican leader and senator from Arizona — yeah, sure.
But this season, as Underwood has become president and the writing focuses to a dangerously tedious degree on policy, House of Cards has become something else. Now I am prepared to say, yes, Frank Underwood is evil.