Frankly, the president is . . . subverting every notion of decency in a cold-blooded putsch . . . in his determination to consolidate all political power in his hands. Because the media deified him most people missed the fact that he is more like Jim Hacker without the intelligence or the humor than he is like Frank Underwood.That sounds a little harsh so let me specify that, as much as I disagree with most of his policies, I havent joined the tin-foil hat brigade. I am not accusing the president of enacting wicked conspiracies aimed at subverting every notion of decency in a cold-blooded putsch to achieve total power as Frank does. Nor do I think he got to the White House by cheating or sabotaging his opponents as did Francis Urquhart, the protagonist of the far wittier but less darkly thrilling original British version of House of Cards.
Sir Humphrey Appleby wising up Hacker is absolutely superb in this episode of Yes Minister; especially the moral vacuum exchange. The following episode could have been written about Fast & Furious:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osoF7nzSy2A&feature=player_detailpage]Yes Minister - The Whisky Priest - YouTube[/ame]
Barack Taqiyya gets away with preaching morality because he cant govern. When it came to selling guns to drug cartels his lies and coverup did not need a Sir Humphrey to tell him The government isnt about morality.
Finally, I have not seen Kevin Spaceys rendition of House of Cards; but I cant imagine him being half as entertaining as the late Ian Richardson (1934 - 2007):
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=c8GFaUa-W_w]House Of Cards UK - YouTube[/ame]