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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  • Jim Bean

    Although the notion that fidelity is a good thing is pretty well gone (along with family as the foundation for child rearing (thank you, Liberals) there are still little pockets of people who hold it in high regard. Also, the fact that he make a comment about the infidelity but doesn’t mention the corruption does not necessarily indicate he supports the corruption. That kind of intellectual misfire is another phenomenon common among liberals.

    • GOTP Lemmings

      Yes, it’s all the liberals fault! Can you explain to us just how we made YOU so close minded? Nah, you can’t, but I’m sure you’ll blame the liberals for that too! Small minded POS that you are!

      • Freddy Benson

        Speaking of small-minded pieces of shit, how is Jim Beam being “close-minded”?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Because Beam incorrectly assumes liberals are responsible for the demise of the family unit when the causes are far more complex and have nothing to do with liberalism.

      • Freddy Benson

        Liberals have an anythings goes attitude. Jim Beam clearly alludes to that. Their platform is, among other things, marriage to anyone or anything and not just a man and woman, unrestrained and limitless murder of a living fetus, government aid programs to everyone, including illegal boarder crossers, and legalizing marijuana. I personally see more dysfunctional and disconnected democrat families, than I do republican families.

      • GOTP Lemmings

        Really? You can’t see it? Damn,,,,you’re just plain stupid,,,and ya can’t fix stupid. Enjoy your single digit IQ.

      • Freddy Benson

        Really. And don’t hurt yourself with these convoluted misdirecting replies. Study up a bit on how to construct interesting comments, instead of just old cliches by retarded douchebags like Ron White. Oh I’m going to cry myself to sleep tonight because of you, for sure.

      • GOTP Lemmings

        Freddy,I’ll have to keep it short for you,,,, low IQ and all, GFY. Here’s your sign,,,,, figure it out cupcake! LMFBOARWR

      • Freddy Benson

        Could be you actually are the retarded douchebag Ron White, you have such a limited vocabulary with repetitive IQ blabber and cupcakes. Just overall not impressed with this exchange.

      • GOTP Lemmings

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      • Freddy Benson

        Okay, douchebag. Funny, an attempt to insult me by a retard who doesn’t know to capitalize “English.” lol

      • GOTP Lemmings

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      • Freddy Benson

        Yeah, you’re no longer just a fat, ugly Internet stranger, you’re the king of the world. lol

      • GOTP Lemmings

        [email protected] TARDWHOHASTORESPONDTOLOOKSTUPID. AGAIN

      • Freddy Benson

        I’m responding. Just like you keep doing, douchebag!

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Funny that the regions of the country with the highest rates of divorce are the South and the West, bastions of conservatism.

      • Jim Bean

        That doesn’t mean they are insulated from exposure to liberal generated tsunami of uncommitted sex in the media.

      • strayaway

        Western states California, Oregon, and Washington are “bastions of conservatism”?

  • Stephen Barlow

    That is disgusting.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Paul Ryan? Agreed, he is disgusting.

  • Cemetery Girl

    Does it turn his stomach when his fellow politicians get caught up in sex scandals? Personally, I don’t care if a politician is unfaithful in marriage (that is between that person and their spouse) as long as they aren’t the type of person that hounds on family values and the sanctity of marriage. (And that attitude really goes for all people. Have affairs? That is between the person and their spouse, but it says a lot about you if you preach family values and the sanctity of marriage and fool around.)

  • Momo Mangold

    Really?? It’s laughable??? Maybe by you it is laughable but if you read the news and I mean the real news, it isn’t laughable but only to real. You people are morons parading as someone who actually knows something.

  • Rose Rasey Bullock Buss

    Leave it to so-called “progressives” to think that a revulsion to adultery is laughable. Some of us out here, thankfully, still believe in the virtue of commitment & devotion to one’s spouse.

    • Mason

      Leave it to conservatives to be afraid of something fictional. Some of us here, thankfully, aren’t so frightened and revulsed by television dramas to be unable to even watch them.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        No, we are more revulsed by people like Ryan.

      • Rose Rasey Bullock Buss

        Funny….I don’t remember anyone using the word “frightened”…except YOU, of course! Just because some of us choose not to watch some of the crap that passes for entertainment today does not mean we are frightened. Please note, as a somewhat conservative individual (in some respects) I am NOT calling for new laws to ban it because I don’t like it…….unlike many liberals who seem to think that creating new laws mandating that things be done THEIR way is the answer to anything! Thinking here of Michelle and her school lunch program fiasco, former Mayor Bloomberg of NYC trying to ban Big Gulps, etc! 😉

      • TripleMoon

        Children need to be taught what foods are healthy for them, just like they need to be taught everything else. Why people got upset over Michelle Obama and her school lunch program is beyond me. Schools teach children. What better place to learn healthy eating habits than at lunch?

      • Rose Rasey Bullock Buss

        To answer your question, the BEST place to learn healthy eating habits is in the home. Whatever happened to the concept of parents being responsible for their children!? Did you know that under her program some schools have FORBIDDEN parents from sending lunch from home for their kids? Secondly, perhaps Michelle would have a trifle of credibility were HER daughters required to eat the same disgusting & meager lunches she is foisting on everyone else. Ah, but no! HER kids eat a very fancy & delectable cuisine in their private school!

      • TripleMoon

        If you have children, I’m sure you were a good parent who made sure your children were fed nutritious food so they could learn at school and become the best they could be. For whatever reason – ignorance, poverty, neglect- some parents don’t make sure their child is fed good nutritious food so they can concentrate and learn. I’ve worked in schools for many years and seen what some children eat for lunch. It would make you cry. These children aren’t alert and engaged. They do poorly in school. In the past 25 years, I’ve seen where there might be a couple over weight kids in the entire school to where overweight children are very common. Obese children are not unusual now. These children have a high probability of developing diabetes. I do not know of any school that forbids a parent from sending a lunch from home. I only know what happens in MY community. I also do not know what the Obama children eat for lunch. I do know what food is served in my school district, and it’s not only nutritious, but the children happily eat it. We all want children that are healthy and fit. We all want children who become the best they can be, and become productive citizens. If you want the United States to stay exceptional, then for goodness sakes, make sure each child has a good start.

      • Rose Rasey Bullock Buss

        Yes, I certainly DID take responsibility for my kids. It is NOT the responsibility of the federal govt to provide for the needs of every individual in every situation where the individual has a need (or want!). I would much rather trust LOCAL control of things such as school lunch programs than the Feds. Local officials tend to be much more understanding and responsive to local needs than does the federal apparatus. And if I want to send a cookie or cupcake to school with a good lunch for my child, no one had better ever try to take it from them (as has happened in multiple school systems!)!

      • RayandFannie Esparza

        Crap is like beauty.. It all depends on the eye of he beholder.. A lot of what the GOP stands for seems to me like a bunch of crap BUT the GOP type people eat it up…

      • Rose Rasey Bullock Buss

        The point here is that while Rep. Ryan felt that he did not want to watch it, he did NOT demand that the program be pulled…..he allows for others to make their own choices. I think a lot of the so-called progressive political goals are crap & examples of extreme hypocrisy, much as you dislike the more traditional American values espoused by conservatives.

    • Daniel Moore

      Newt Gingrich agrees.

  • Bine646

    Why do you continue to write these pointless articles? What a loserrrrr

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Because conservatives are hypocrites and need to have it pointed out on a regular basis.

  • Freddy Benson

    Only Allen Clifton and his little lapdog libtards on this thread could miss Ryan’s point and go on a nitpicky rant. Affairs are the norm and Ryan is the freak in your world. Sad that you accept adulterous politicians and think their deceit in their personal lives wouldn’t carry over into their job.

    • TripleMoon

      I guess using your logic, politicians who are deceitful in their political lives must also be deceitful in their personal lives?

      • Freddy Benson

        Correct, and how sad that retards like you would think a politician’s character could produce anything else, but, if they were one or the other.

  • waytogo!

    I don’t find immoral behavior laughable either. Nice to see there is at least one person with morals in Washington and Wisconsin.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      So gutting the social safety net is “moral?”

  • Karen Scarber

    Personally, I wonder how ANYONE can trust a man who can’t even tell the truth to and be faithful to his own wife and expect said man to not lie and backstab his public if he is a politician!!

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Kevin Spacey talked with Jon Stewart about his time with the House Whips in preparation for House of Cards. He said, “It feels like you’re watching performance art…I don’t believe them. I don’t believe what they say. I don’t think they’re being absolutely sincere. I think it’s performance art and most of them are bad actors.”

  • strayaway

    “a politician who vilifies the poor and constantly tries to strip away health care from the elderly?” …”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 though Frank Underwood was supposed to be a Democrat. I blame Democrats and Republicans for setting up treaties that send our jobs abroad while bringing in more legal and illegal aliens to work here for less than Unemployed Americans will work for. Ryan is a phony though. His plan to “balance the budget” is a fraud as it would require 15 years and never happen; another false hope while he too is pushing for amnesty.

  • TripleMoon

    Honestly, I don’t care if Paul Ryan finds house of cards repulsive because there is adultery in it. I enjoy the show and find Frank and Claire to be interesting multi-layered characters. I’m certainly more horrified by their political actions than by the fact that Frank and Claire seem to have an understanding between them that let’s them have sex with other people. Adultery is probably the least repulsive thing Frank engages in. Always interesting to see what upsets people!

  • RayandFannie Esparza

    People should read Ryan’s biography when he ran to be the Veep of the US of A..Man’s family and him are a success story made and paid for by the tax payers of his state and the nation…

  • Joe Beineke

    All headlines must include “laughable” or “ridiculous” or “terrifying” or “destroy” or “outrageously” or “slander” or “fear-mongering.” Progressivist, polarizing, sensationalist name-calling = moving forward! Progress!

    Intolerant haters, all.

    Please, please respond with something insulting, hateful and hypocritical. I want to see the “stupidity” word in the tag cloud at the right get bigger and bigger, dominating this page. It would be so appropriate.