Hillary Clinton could use someone like House of Cards’ Frank Underwood right about now.
As the former Secretary of State preps for a potential White House run in 2016, she faces two new major scandals.
"This season on House of Cards, Frank and Claire Underwood are now in power," said Variety Senior Editor Ted Johnson, relating the infamous Netflix power couple to the presidential hopeful and her husband. "They're in the highest office in the land and they're finding they're not invincible, they're big targets. Bill and Hillary Clinton have been targets throughout their careers."
Clinton has struggled throughout her career to escape the shadow of her husband’s presidency and infidelity, and now a new shadow is further complicating her political aspirations. Specifically, a shadow on Bill Clinton’s presidential portrait, which painter Nelson Shanks recently admitted is a symbol of Monica Lewinsky’s famous blue dress.
"The shadow itself not only to function as a block in the composition, but also as symbolism, a shadow across the administration," said Shanks, who also painted the 42nd president without his wedding ring.
The bright spotlight of presidential vetting also dredged up another scandal Tuesday, though experts like Politico senior writer Glenn Thrush are calling this one "a whole lot less House of Cards and a lot more Veep."
During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton reportedly operated all business using a personal email account, rather than a government-appointed address. Critics are saying she broke protocol, but a spokesman for Clinton alleges she did "nothing wrong using her private email to do official business."
"There's this expectation that Hillary is going to run for president, so I think the national media is doing vetting on her," said Johnson. "This is the result."
"We're about to enter the first phase of Hillary's campaign, and she's entering as the presumptive Democratic frontrunner," Thrush agreed. "If people are going to hit her, it's now."
Simply put, if she aspires to the most powerful office in the land, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to criticism of and attacks on Clinton.
"For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy," Kevin Spacey’s Underwood says on House of Cards. "There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted."
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