Life Imitating Art? 'House of Cards' Story Eerily Similar to Real D.C. Vote

Monday, March 10, 2014

Former Marine officer & military sexual assault victim Ariana Klay (R), speaks as U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (L) listens during a news conference November 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong/Getty)

Last week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) faced a major setback when members of her own party failed to support her in passing a military sexual-assault bill that would have removed the chain of command from prosecuting sexual assaults and other major military crimes.

Among the Democrats that voted against her were Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. The two women went head to head, and ultimately Gillibrand lost. It's a story line that sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season 2 of "House of Cards."

Beau Willimon, creator of the Netflix series, weighs in on the story line and life imitating art.


Beau Willimon

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

TJ Crow from Virginia

That was so scary it took my breath away. Mr Willimon says he has no political agenda, then immediately intimates how he got a Dallas journalist out of jail. So, okay, he's got a powerful show. But this show scares me since it hinges the fact that much of our daily lives is determined by petty decisions made by our higher ups. Perhaps its educational, and that would be good to get that fact more talked about. But more probably, the depiction will just get hijacked by pop culture, thereby justifying this behavior in the eyes of John Q, and, as John H said, attracting many young people to DC just to enjoy the corruption. Coming soon: Drunken senate parties where they all dress up as House of Cards characters!

Mar. 15 2014 10:54 AM

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