Will 'House of Cards' deliver a second VP from soundstages of Baltimore?

"Democracy is so overrated," says Francis Underwood

January 06, 2014|By David Zurawik | The Baltimore Sun

Netflix is picking up the promotional tempo for the Feb. 14 debut of Season 2 of "House of Cards" with the release of another trailer today.

This one is worth it for Francis Underwood's assessment of what appears to be his swearing-in as vice president of the United States.

"Democracy is so overrated," he says, noting that not a single vote was cast in his favor.

If Underwood does officially assume the vice presidency in Season 2, we'll have two American vice presidents created on the soundstages of Baltimore: Underwood and Selina Meyer (HBO's "Veep").

As Virginia was an incubator of early American presidents, will Baltimore be seen as the same to TV vice presidents?

I'm gently mocking our civic image insecurity in Baltimore, but in this age of mediated reality, we'll take it if it happens. Beats being Murder City and/or Drug Central in the world media, don't you think?

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