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11th Mar '17 6:28:48 AM Borjigin
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*** I've always interpreted his fourth-wall-breaking speeches as not "really" happening in the story, but rather being symbolic of his inner thoughts. As such, they can't be literal lies, but can certainly express his delusions.
20th Feb '17 5:45:57 PM Varia_Heimt
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** As long as the car didn't run out of gas or shut itself off (some cars do that now, I can't think of any that did a few years ago though) there's no reason for it not to work. The space Peter Karouso was in was pretty small as is, and it's not implausible that it would fill up over the course of a night. It didn't really need to fill up either though; there just needed to be a level of deadly gases present to kill him.
20th Feb '17 5:32:30 PM Varia_Heimt
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** As far as the assassination attempt is concerned, the thing which they'd most likely be concerned about is how far it set them back and generally slowed their progress, what with Frank's following health issues and Claire having to pull the strings from behind the scenes by herself rather than the amplified power of the two of them working together. Getting caught up in individual issues more than just for show would only be creating obstacles for themselves in the future, which they definitely don't need, nor is it something they really do anyway. For example, Francis (being a bisexual man who is, by all indications, intentionally in the closet) could benefit from increased tolerance of LGBT people, particularly ones in power, which would allow him to be both out and in power, meanwhile Claire (from just being a woman, but especially from being someone who had at least one abortion herself) would be someone who it'd be normally pretty likely to personally support legislation legalizing or, failing that, lowering the limits on, abortion.
14th Jan '17 2:58:37 PM Dragon101
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*** Frank pretty much says that him having to go down there over this is pretty silly. It's Stamper who convinces him he has to go down- he's thinking of Frank's next re-election campaign for Congress next time that comes around because he knows that Gaffney will use it against him next time that comes around. It doesn't have to be true- it just has to ''sound'' like it's true.



** I tend to disagree with the above. If anything the show uses Frank's non-heterosexuality as a humanizing trait. Outside of his calmer moments with Clair, his scenes with his male lovers tend to show him at his most empathetic.

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** I tend to disagree with the above. If anything the show uses Frank's non-heterosexuality as a humanizing trait. Outside of his calmer moments with Clair, Claire, his scenes with his male lovers tend to show him at his most empathetic.


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*** As far as the dog goes, that was (in his mind, at least) for the greater good; pretty much everything else he does it for legacy, revenge and power.


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10th Jan '17 12:09:52 PM pku
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*** Hiring an out-of-work (black) friend as a groundskeeper is a form of nepotism that would probably just make Frank look more sympathetic.
16th Dec '16 9:41:47 PM Killztwice
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** I tend to disagree with the above. If anything the show uses Frank's non-heterosexuality as a humanizing trait. Outside of his calmer moments with Clair, his scenes with his male lovers tend to show him at his most empathetic.
16th Dec '16 9:31:37 PM Killztwice
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** Frank being a double-murderer would be the bigger story, but Hammerschmidt isn't interested in what the bigger story is, he's interested in the truth. The irony here is that in truth, Frank ''is'' a double-murderer, but Tom's got a bias against that since he went over the evidence already and found nothing concrete, and has a personal bias to write it off as absurd. He found real evidence of the other crimes, though, so he's more concerned with publishing that truth of that compared to devoting time to uncovering something he's already dismissed as the ravings of a mad-man.
21st Nov '16 12:24:32 PM Handoftheking
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**** Since when have the US and UK had any kind of hostile relationship. The 'Special Relationship' may be somewhat overblown, but the two countries are still generally well disposed towards each other.
22nd Aug '16 10:44:00 PM Killztwice
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** Seems to vary to me. Season 4 draws heavy comparisons between him and Nixon, then later makes the comparison between the Underwoods and the Clintons almost {{anvilicious}} before the season finale turns them into Bush and Cheney. I think the overriding theme here is that Frank represents the worst aspects of every modern president with few if any of their positive qualities.


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** The finale for season 4 puts Claire pretty firmly in the role of Dick Cheney to Franks' George W. Given that the popular perception - and really, reality - of Cheney was the puppet master behind Bush, it's not a terrible modern analogy to Lady Macbeth.


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** Consider that in the real life 2016 election, the republican nominee is also married to an immigrant, and that caused him virtually no problems until after he had already clinched the nomination, and as of this post remains to be seen whether or not it will have any real impact on whether he wins or loses. If anything Conway's marriage might win him a few points with progressives and the left in general; given that he has a happy, love-based marriage with an immigrant, it would help dismiss perception of him being a jingoist. Not that being married to an immigrant dismissed that notion for the real life nominee, but as far as we can tell from the show, Conway didn't run his campaign on jingoistic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies like his real life counterpart did, nor is there the implication that he's been married multiple times like his real life counterpart has, nor is the apparent perception or implication that his marriage is based on money, like his real life counterpart's marriage is perceived. General point being, for all the writers probably thought it was outthere for the republican nominee to be married to an immigrant, reality once again proved stranger than fiction.
22nd Aug '16 10:23:55 PM Killztwice
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** It is worth noting that this mentality isn't necessarily something the writers could have reasonably predicted; the real life 2016 election cycle has been extremely unorthodox, defying predictions from many political pundits even during the heat of it. The show was written and shot considerably in advance of that, so can be forgiven for misreading the political climate. It's also debatable how true the OP's assertion really is - Hillary did end up winning the democratic nomination, though the reasons for that are varied and her hawkish foreign policy stance has been as much a hindrance to her with progressives as it's been a boon, and many of the least hawkish Republicans were relatively quick to drop out, with only Kasich lasting for any substantial length of time. Trump's message on foreign policy was/is considerably less consistent than Cruz's, but it's no less hawkish and militaristic; if anything it's moreso given his comments to the effect of being open to the use of nukes. So, really, we ended up with the two biggest warhawks on both sides being the nominees; that almost certainly wasn't the deciding factor among the democrats but it may well have been among the republicans. Also worth mentioning that while Cruz and Trump are deeply establishment in reality despite having a public perception of being anti-establishment, the two most standard establishment politicians on the right, Kasich and Jeb, were, again, among the least militaristic, hawkish, and fearmongering in the republican primary.
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