History Headscratchers / HouseOfCardsUS

24th Nov '17 11:55:05 AM nombretomado
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** I think that Frank probably could run in 2020 if he wins in 2016. Like the fact that Frank's reasons for pardoning Walker and Raymond Tusk may have been based on the reasons GeraldFord pardoned UsefulNotes/RichardNixon after Nixon's resignation, you have to look at the history books. Specifically, [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson Lyndon B. Johnson]] could have ended up as President for just over nine years if he'd not withdrawn from the campaign in 1968.\\

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** I think that Frank probably could run in 2020 if he wins in 2016. Like the fact that Frank's reasons for pardoning Walker and Raymond Tusk may have been based on the reasons GeraldFord UsefulNotes/GeraldFord pardoned UsefulNotes/RichardNixon after Nixon's resignation, you have to look at the history books. Specifically, [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson Lyndon B. Johnson]] could have ended up as President for just over nine years if he'd not withdrawn from the campaign in 1968.\\
24th Nov '17 11:52:53 AM nombretomado
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* Frank wants to bring up "war" and "terror" to brainwash the American people. Does he think he is GeorgeWBush, circa 2002? This election cycle, both conservatives and liberals have steered away from foreign wars (for different reasons) which is why we see the fading support for establishment candidates like Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz.

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* Frank wants to bring up "war" and "terror" to brainwash the American people. Does he think he is GeorgeWBush, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, circa 2002? This election cycle, both conservatives and liberals have steered away from foreign wars (for different reasons) which is why we see the fading support for establishment candidates like Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz.
31st Jul '17 1:58:02 AM Tuomas
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* During season 5 it's hinted that there's some fishy about the heroic act that earned Will Conway his Purple Heart during the second Gulf War. Conway doesn't want to talk about the mission, the guy he rescued clearly wanted to say more than he was allowed, and the Underwoods are trying to find out the truth so they could use it against Conway in the election. But neither they nor the viewers ever find out what exactly Conway was hiding. The Underwoods manage to win the election through other means, after which Conway disappears from the show altogether. It doesn't seem likely Conway will have any significant role in the story in the future, nor will his secret have much impact anymore since he already lost the election. So what was the point of this whole subplot?

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* During season 5 it's hinted that there's some fishy about the heroic act that earned Will Conway his Purple Heart during in the second Gulf Iraq War. Conway doesn't want refuses to talk about the mission, the guy he rescued clearly wanted wants to say more than he was allowed, and the Underwoods are trying to find out the truth so they could use it against Conway in the election. But neither they nor the viewers ever find out what exactly Conway was hiding. The Underwoods manage to win the election through other means, after which Conway disappears from the show altogether. It doesn't seem likely Conway will have play any significant role in the story in the future, nor will his secret have much impact anymore since he already lost the election. So what was the point of this whole subplot?
31st Jul '17 1:56:11 AM Tuomas
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* During season 5 it's hinted that there's some fishy about the heroic act that earned Will Conway his Purple Heart during the second Gulf War. Conway doesn't want to talk about the mission, the guy he rescued clearly wanted to say more than he was allowed, and the Underwoods are trying to find out the truth so they could use it against Conway in the election. But neither they nor the viewers ever find out what exactly Conway was hiding. The Underwoods manage to win the election through other means, after which Conway disappears from the show altogether. It doesn't seem likely Conway will have any significant role in the story in the future, nor will his secret have much impact anymore since he already lost the election. So what was the point of this whole subplot?
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26th Jun '17 6:36:45 PM RallyBot2
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*** I asked this question, curiously enough, because I keep thinking for some odd reason that you could substitute "Donald Drumpf" in Tusk's place and leave Frank's remarks unchanged, and it would still sound effective, because Frank's concern sounds very similar to things I've heard some real people say are the reason that Donald Drumpf is the least ideal candidate for President in the real-world 2016 race (that's even under HilariousInHindsight on the YMMV page).

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*** I asked this question, curiously enough, because I keep thinking for some odd reason that you could substitute "Donald Drumpf" Trump" in Tusk's place and leave Frank's remarks unchanged, and it would still sound effective, because Frank's concern sounds very similar to things I've heard some real people say are the reason that Donald Drumpf Trump is the least ideal candidate for President in the real-world 2016 race (that's even under HilariousInHindsight on the YMMV page).



Furthermore, Walker was prepared to scrap the education bill when it got in the slightest bit risky, wanted to keep things in general at peace with everybody and just keep things around the status quo when from my analysis, if there's one thing the Democrats love, it's change, and Walker strikes me as the polar opposite of that (and even Frank, who is quite right-leaning for a Democrat, proposed America Works- which is a job growth investment, something that is typically a free market (Republican) policy, like with what Donald Drumpf wants to be a priority during his presidency if elected, whilst Bernie Sanders- on the other side of the spectrum, wants to focus on raising the minimum wage, auditing and/or changing Wall Street's presence etc., and he is a pure leftie and left-wing, which is what the Democrats lean towards of course. Then again, knowing Frank, the Democrats typically want government to have more economic power and nationalize more things, thereby government in more sectors and more political power to governments, which Frank naturally thrives off).

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Furthermore, Walker was prepared to scrap the education bill when it got in the slightest bit risky, wanted to keep things in general at peace with everybody and just keep things around the status quo when from my analysis, if there's one thing the Democrats love, it's change, and Walker strikes me as the polar opposite of that (and even Frank, who is quite right-leaning for a Democrat, proposed America Works- which is a job growth investment, something that is typically a free market (Republican) policy, like with what Donald Drumpf Trump wants to be a priority during his presidency if elected, whilst Bernie Sanders- on the other side of the spectrum, wants to focus on raising the minimum wage, auditing and/or changing Wall Street's presence etc., and he is a pure leftie and left-wing, which is what the Democrats lean towards of course. Then again, knowing Frank, the Democrats typically want government to have more economic power and nationalize more things, thereby government in more sectors and more political power to governments, which Frank naturally thrives off).



* So, in his videocast in Chapter 46, Conway says he'll be 100% transparent by making every text, message, photo, and video on his smartphone accessible to the public. Is it me or would Conway need to be really careful about what he says on that phone? Just saying 'cause in the real 2016 race, we've seen Donald Drumpf come under fire on multiple occasions for some of the things he's said on his Twitter feed, and I doubt Conway would be able to afford that sort of backlash....

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* So, in his videocast in Chapter 46, Conway says he'll be 100% transparent by making every text, message, photo, and video on his smartphone accessible to the public. Is it me or would Conway need to be really careful about what he says on that phone? Just saying 'cause in the real 2016 race, we've seen Donald Drumpf Trump come under fire on multiple occasions for some of the things he's said on his Twitter feed, and I doubt Conway would be able to afford that sort of backlash....



*** What I'm getting is: hopefully Conway is a little less foot-in-mouth than Donald Drumpf is (call me crazy, but Conway isn't the kind of person who would Tweet bad things about those he dislikes).

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*** What I'm getting is: hopefully Conway is a little less foot-in-mouth than Donald Drumpf Trump is (call me crazy, but Conway isn't the kind of person who would Tweet bad things about those he dislikes).
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.
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