For the Punditocracy, it's the chat-show circuit,
for those in fly-over country it's football. Today is the Super Bowl and
the third day to watch "House of Cards," and seemingly few exciting
I.P. folks felt the need to compete with such fun to make a go at the
"Look at ME!" games afoot. Ostensibly the chattering class is tres busy
with frivolity to contemplate an election three years away.
thus... a quiet weekend for the Invisible Primary. The Sunday Morning
Newsmakers featured... a whole bunch of people whose job titles included
the word "former," none of whom is seriously contemplating a run at
anything more exciting than a book contact. Trust me, in the perilous
publishing period a book contract is nothing to sneeze at, but when the
line-ups include former DC School Chief Michelle Rhee and former Labor
Sec. Elaine Chao, the only thing for an IP fan to do is watch game-tape
of Hillary's farewell address to the Staties.
because we can, let's move beyond the scope of this blog to something
rogue: "House of Cards!" Seriously, if this gets my blogger's license
revoked it is worth it if only to INSIST that you immediately subscribe
to Netflix and download the series as soon as is possible. I am not
given to hyperbole (and if you knew me, you'd know that was as far from
the truth as anything. I hyperbole more than any other girl on the face
of the planet. HA!) but this show is a real game changer. First: It's
brilliantly written and masterfully acted, which is sort of commonplace
these days when "Downton Abby" captures the attention of the very, very
mainstream general public. But also - it's produced by Netflix (which
is a new thing on its own) and ... wait for it... the whole season is
released immediately. This is going to change the very nature of
"television" (or whatever we will call it) because it rejects the
standard TV cycle and the need for "Last week on Blah Blah" updates. So,
it's a game changer in its format. But perhaps most importantly and
more to the point of this blog, the show is revolutionary in its
wink-and-nod reality of the workings and machinations of DC. If you work
or ever worked in DC, you know these people. You dated these people.
You ARE these people. And for that, it is fabulous. Clutch-the-pearls,
swoon on your toes fabulous.
So in the in-between-times
of the Invisible Primary, don't rest on your laurels and hope for
greatness. Just stream it from Netflix and thank me later.