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Is House of Cards Conservative?

Netflix's hit doesn't toe the party line.

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Andrew Klavan

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March 6, 2014 - 8:51 am

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I have (if I do say so myself) a rather amusing piece on House of Cards up at the wonderful City Journal magazine. You should read it if for no other reason than to discover what is one of the best conservative outlets anywhere. It begins:

House of Cards, the Netflix series about a lethally unscrupulous Washington politician, is a wonderful show, but it does sometimes stretch the limits of credulity. I have no trouble believing that a Democratic congressman would push a reporter in front of a train, but the idea that anyone in the press would try to expose him for it is flat-out ridiculous. After all, Barack Obama has been pushing reporters under the bus for six years and nobody’s said a word. Ah, well. If the show gives leftist politicos nightmares about being held accountable for their actions by American journalists, they can simply keep repeating, “It’s only a movie, it’s only a movie.”

House of Cards does pose a more realistic threat to leftists, however: their 40-year monopoly on artistic political statements—and their tacit blacklist of anyone who tries to make opposing statements—may finally be coming to an end. House of Cards is not, as left-wing activist Randy Shaw wrote in a blithering and inattentive pieceon Huffington Post, a “Republican fantasy world,” but it is not pure leftist cant, either. And that in itself makes it something of a New Thing on the show-business landscape.

You can experience the wonder of the whole thing here.

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Cross-posted from Klavan on the Culture

Andrew Klavan’s newest novel is Nightmare City.

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If you want an anti-liberal show (not necessarily pro-conservative) the best one I know of right now is the Kevin Bacon show on Fox 'The Followers.'

Its basically one long troll of the pro-Obama, Occupy Wall Street culture. I don't want to give too much of the plot away but the first season is all about how a college professor brainwashes a bunch of people (the sort of lost white yuppies who in the real world would be Obama people) to basically become a cult that he can command.

In the second season, a character called 'Reverend Glen' - and played by a dead ringer for Glenn Beck - is killed because he finds out the truth, so he knows too much. The first season is on Nexflix now and I think the second season is on Fox's website, at least the shows so far.
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Allstonian,

And how does that make liberals look good?
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Who said I was trying to make them look good? :)
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House of Cards is not Conservative, but it ain't Liberal ether. It gores everybody's ox.
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No, it's Uber Liberal. Conservatives (of whatever stripe) may conspire and perform machinations against each other, but they have a sort-of code of honor and limits. Liberals attack you, smear you, humiliate you, and then finally destroy you - picture a Cat with a Mouse. And they gleefully delight in it.
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