Veep's Genius Is That It Makes Politics Look Even Worse Than It Actually Is

April 9, 2015 1:11 PM

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I’m pretty sure Veep is a corrosive, rotting influence on the nation’s collective view of American politics—and considering how corrosive and rotting that view already is, that’s saying something. When Veep premiered in 2012, many political sorts lambasted the show partly for its cruelty and profanity but mostly for its lack of realism. This was not just your run of the mill “that’s not how you pass a bill!” pedantry either. They were angry because it was so mean.

Eleanor Clift wrote, “if the aim of this show is to get viewers to disrespect everybody in elected office, mission accomplished,” and Slate’s John Dickerson (whose idealism and faith in the goodness of his fellow man I generally find appealing and refreshing) said that “a show that’s so soaked in ...

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