Paul Ryan Gives Absolutely Laughable Reason for Not Watching Political Drama ‘House of Cards’

sad-paul-ryan-1I’m sure most people by now have heard of the popular Netflix show House of Cards.  I’ll be honest, I got addicted to it this past February.  I burned through both seasons in about a week.  That’s kind of the downside to Netflix, it’s far too easy to “binge watch” some of your favorite shows.

The show has even gotten a lot of praise by many people in Washington.  In fact, Kevin Spacey did a hilarious spoof  called “House of Nerds” (a play on Sarah Palin’s prior assessment that this dinner was nothing more than a “nerd prom”) for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that included several members of Congress.

Well, apparently Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan isn’t a fan.  It seems some infidelity portrayed within the show’s first couple of episodes was just too much for the sensitive Ryan to handle.

Ryan said in an interview with the Wisconsin Republican, “I watched the first couple of episodes until Frank Underwood cheated on his wife with that reporter. It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it anymore.”

Turned his stomach?  Really?  Millions of Americans lost unemployment benefits this year due to Republicans playing partisan politics with people’s lives and some fake infidelity in a television drama turned his stomach?

I can only imagine what his reaction would have been had he gotten to the scene involving Underwood’s wife and a Secret Service agent.  If you watch the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But then his comments really got interesting.

“His behavior was so reprehensible, and it hit too close to home because he was a House member, that it just bothered me too much. And what I thought is, it makes us all look like we’re like that,” Ryan continued.

Wait, “hit too close to home”?  Isn’t that what people normally say when something is actually fairly accurate?  Interesting comments considering just before that he called Frank Underwood’s behavior “reprehensible.”

Reprehensible like… a politician who vilifies the poor and constantly tries to strip away health care from the elderly?  Because that’s what Paul Ryan seems intent on trying to do with just about every budget he proposes.

Though another point that sticks out to me is that he seems to have found the corruption on the show acceptable, but the infidelity was just too much to handle.

While the character Frank Underwood is undoubtedly somewhat evil, he’s just a character.  Paul Ryan is real.  And as far as politicians go, I consider him to be one of the biggest scumbags in Congress.

Maybe that’s the real reason Ryan couldn’t stand watching House of Cards.  It reminds him far too much of what a sleaze bag he actually is.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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