House of Cards is Definitely a Hit on Capitol Hill

We may never know how many Netflix viewers tune in for House of Cards, but BuzzFeed reports that in the past two weeks the show has developed quite the following among staffers and journalists on Capitol Hill. They're particularly impressed with the show's accuracy, which showrunner Beau Willimon attributes to "a crapload of research." During trips to D.C. the show's production designer, Donald Burt, obsessively photographed the Capitol, down to the sprinkler units, and writers and producers met with a variety of staffers, journalists, and lawmakers, including Senator Chuck Schumer. Kevin Spacey also sat down with with Kevin McCarthy, the real House majority whip, who invited him to a closed-door House Republican conference meeting, as well as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. "Politics is done so poorly so often, and we were dead-set to get it right," explains Jay Carson, a former press secretary to Tom Daschle who serves as the show's political consultant.


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