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Guess Why Rep. Paul Ryan Couldn't Bring Himself to Watch 'House of Cards'

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Peter Z. Scheer
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The hit Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has won three Emmys and delighted countless viewers. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not among them.

Ryan said in a recent interview that he started watching the show but couldn’t proceed beyond the first couple of episodes because main character Frank Underwood’s behavior “was so reprehensible, and it hit too close to home because he was a House member, that it just bothered me too much.”

Underwood, played by Spacey, is guilty of many a sinful act over the course of the show. He kills a dog in the first episode, alone. So what was it that Ryan couldn’t cope with?

According to Politico, Ryan said, “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.”

Really? You made it through canicide, but infidelity is too much to bear?

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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