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Seduce Your Way to the Top? Meet the Anne Boleyns of Washington, D.C.

Part 3 of an ongoing series comparing Netflix's House of Cards with real life in our nation's capital.

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Becky Graebner

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May 22, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Zoe Barnes: the newest Anne Boleyn.

Zoe starts out as a likeable character — occasionally annoying, but not morally corrupted … yet.  However, the hunger for a newsworthy story becomes too great and she engages in an affair with Frank Underwood, a married congressman. I think this is when I started to really dislike her. She gets creepy towards the end of season one, while wearing Claire’s clothes and examining which side of the bed Claire sleeps on. She tries to turn the tables on Frank and exert some of her own power.

I had the biggest problem with the Frank-Zoe storyline because of the big jump from “symbiotic relationship between ladder climbers” to “symbiotic relationship” with a side of “extramarital affair.” Zoe could have written Frank’s stories without engaging in “other activities” and would have gotten the same fame and attention that she craved. Frank needed Zoe just as much as she needed him — thus the affair was a sort of “extra” in their little arrangement. Zoe used Frank knowing that he was her ticket to the big time and that, eventually, she could blackmail him.

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Not going to go far on this topic. Never worked in government but lived in D.C. and figured out the "currency" pretty quickly--sex and info, heavy on the info.

In the current civil and tech climate the old rules are morphing into the new rules. In the first instance, the rule of law is now so diminished, and we see its misapplications daily, that it will be a miracle if it recovers to stability. In the second instance, various interests, in this case governmental, have access to technology which can literally 'lie' about the facts of reality. When the AG is charged with investigating his own office, it isn't a reach to conjecture, down the road, another slander or smear instigated by ANY high powered individual, backed up with hi-tech 'proof' which is unimpeachable.

Sure, a real scandal isn't going to be helpful to a player (even as we've seen the parabolic rise of spin since the Clintons) but we're past the point where actual scandals are needed. We live in an age where technology can show a particular couple, two people that WE know, having sex on the public boulevard even though the two people in question have never even met each other.
And we have a media that will further the story as a fact, even if the networks and the rags know that it never happened.

Even the term 'leverage' no longer means what it did.

We may be entering the heyday of power politics.
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Yikes
From the mouth of the enthroned King Jesus . There is no wiggle room here
Yikes
Revelation 2
"20 But I have against thee a few things: because thou sufferest the woman Jezabel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach, and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication, and to eat of things sacrificed to idols.

21 And I gave her a time that she might do penance, and she will not repent of her fornication.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed: and they that commit adultery with her shall be in very great tribulation, except they do penance from their deeds.

23 And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts, and I will give to every one of you according to your works."
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did you leave out cantwell and the number of times she's been named in divorce filings? she seems to prefer married men.
1 year ago
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I'm having a very hard time accepting your premise that Monica, Paula, and Rielle are smart, accomplished women. Paula, perhaps, but she and the other two are basically opportunistic sluts and I see no upside for them from their notoriety. Their lives have all been pretty much ruined, they live very isolated lives and they're nothing but the punchline to a dirty joke.

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"Although Claire doesn’t use her affair for gain (that we know of), her own marriage of convenience is just as wrong because she uses it as a means to advance herself."

Why is that wrong? If she is a good wife and stays loyal (OK, she didn't in your case) what is she doing wrong? Because she didn't marry for infatuation (a hormone that lasts about a year)?
1 year ago
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I'm sorry an otherwise good point had to be hurt by repeating the pretty much refuted point about women making less than men. And, by,the way, what about all of the fields where women dominate?
1 year ago
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It's been my observation that women of the left are much more likely to achieve success through marriage than conservative women. The liberal women may not be as good-looking but they make up for it in a ruthless disregard for anything other than power. Conservative women have a broader intellectual scope and their success is less dependent on externals and more related to ability.
1 year ago
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Good looking women have all the power.
1 year ago
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obviously, this sleeping your way to the top has only worked for the republican women. pelosi, hitlery, feinstein, and the rest couldn't get a jump on a sat. night in a men's prison.

but oh those repub. women. oh la la.

btw, that 'women make less than men' crapola has been debunked seven ways to sunday. in fact, when comparing like to like and accounting for other individual choices, men and women in similar jobs doing similar work make almost the same thing.
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Beat me to it, wrt women making less. Feminist propaganda. I stopped reading the article right there.
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Anne Boelyn did not seduce her way to the top. Anne Boelyn said "no" her way to the top. She refused to sleep with Henry for 7 years. If she had succumbed to his advances she would have been another cast off royal mistress. Of course that would have worked out much better for her.
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