House of Cards Can't Top America's New Reality

The good folks who write the show House of Cards are running into the same problem that the people writing Veep have confronted this season--the current reality faced by the American people is far worse than anything they can come up with.

In this new trailer, Spacey’s President Underwood prepares for his election campaign with a sinister message. “The American people don’t know what’s best for them. I do. I know exactly what they need,” he tells wife Claire, played by Robin Wright.

“They’re like little children, Claire. We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths. Teach them right from wrong. Tell what to think and how to feel and what to want. They even need help writing their wildest dreams. Crafting their worst fears. Lucky for them, they have me. They have you.”

Spacey’s character finishes the monologue by saying: “Underwood, 2016. 2020. 2024. 2028. 2032. 2036. One nation, Underwood,”

What do you do when you have a country actually being ruled by a dictator? You turn your show into a story about a guy who wants to declare himself a dictator and rule the country for the next twenty years. I wish them well, and I know that Kevin Spacey is good in everything he does, but, wow. Look at where we are as a country. We're fictionalizing things that still can't top what's real.