Washington, DC Is Officially OBSESSED With ‘House Of Cards’

Feb 14, 2014 1:48am
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Plagued by drug, sex and snooping scandals, Washington really should be so over political intrigue. But D.C. apparently hasn’t had its fill of illicit activity.

The capitol city is officially obsessed with Netflix drama “House of Cards” — and its deliciously cold-blooded protagonist, Frank Underwood.

In fact, in advance of Friday’s release of the second season of the series, several congressional super-fans took to the small screen to recreate iconic moments from the show in a video released by social media startup NowThis News.

Mimicking Underwood’s distinctive accent, House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is the first amateur actor to appear.

“I never make such big decisions so long after sunset and so far from dawn,” he says, as ominous “House of Cards” music swells in the background.

McCarthy befriended series producer Kevin Spacey when he was preparing to shoot the first season. The congressman and his wife received a special invite to the Season Two premiere from Spacey himself.

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., who also appears in the video, won’t attend the premiere, but she said she does plan to binge-watch the series over the weekend.

Knowing all eyes would be fixed on anything Frank Underwood-related at the moment, ForAmerica, a conservative organization, also spoofed the series in a web video released on Thursday. As Cards-esque scenery shots flash in and out, the narrator intones, “The GOP leadership in the House and Senate has been busy playing games: lobbyist dinners and back room deals in their house of cards. It’s time to … dump the leadership … knock down their house of cards.”

Democrats aren’t missing out on the opportunity for a series tie-in either.

Generation Progress, a nonprofit organization that tries to mobilize liberal millennials, launched a pro-Obamacare campaign quoting one of the most famous lines from the series.

 

With much of Washington snowed-in on Thursday, Cards fans inside the Beltway called for the early release of season two — but to no avail.

“HBO made a brutal mistake by not timing the release of House of Cards with the snowstorm,” quipped Amanda Carpenter, an adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Even President Obama can’t wait for the second season.

 

“I’m just wondering if [you] brought advance copies of House of Cards,” the president joked at a meeting with several high-profile tech executives in December. “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient!”

Though Netflix execs refused to leak the series before Friday’s release, the “House of Cards” team hasn’t been silent — they’ve been interacting with real-life politicians via the series’ official Twitter account.

When Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., recently took to Twitter to wish Abraham Lincoln a happy 205th birthday, @HouseofCards tweeted:

 

And in response to a post from Rep. Cory Booker, D-N.J., about the impending ice storm, @HouseofCards tweeted:

 

Sound familiar? The line is a direct Underwood quote.

ABC News’ Abby Phillip and Michael Falcone contributed to this report.

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