I have talked to more people who are in politics who have said to me, “[House of Cards] is closer than you can imagine. It’s the most accurate description of how politics actually works that we’ve ever seen.” I mean, West Wing – beautiful, wonderful idea of how democracy should work. But I’ve had more people in politics say they think House of Cards is closer. I - don’t know whether to take that as a compliment or a sad state of affairs.
Kevin Spacey, speaking at Georgetown University with Ron Klain - former Chief of Staff for two Vice Presidents, Nov 04, 2013