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Watch actual members of Congress read lines from House of Cards
To commemorate House of Cards' second season, a half-dozen real politicians were willing to channel Frank Underwood

Since House of Cards premiered on Netflix last year, numerous critics have blasted it for its ludicrously cynical depiction of the political scene in Washington, D.C. Would a politician ever be as calculating and cutthroat as Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood? Maybe not — but apparently they're willing to pretend to be. In honor of the second season premiere of House of Cards, Now This News convinced a half-dozen actual members of Congress to deliver some of Underwood's most memorable lines.

Participants include Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). It turns out that icy lines like "That's how you devour a whale" or "Power is a lot like real estate. Location, location, location" are a lot more unsettling when they come from somebody who actually has political power.

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor for TheWeek.com. He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticOutside Magazine, and Think Progress.

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