Okay, so this chapter got me really emotional.
The Party remains in power after the election, so while they lost some seats in Parliament, Henry Collingridge remains the Prime Minister. Francis Urquhart is ready to make some changes in the cabinet. He had been planning changes since before the election even happened. But all that planning didn’t really pay off. Collingridge doesn’t want to make a single change in his cabinet. Collingridge says that he doesn’t want to create doubt in the stability of his government, especially since it’s been in power for so long. Yet again, Urquhart is humiliated, but this time in front of their colleagues.
Later that night, about half-past ten, Mattie decides to drop by Urquhart’s home for an interview. Shockingly, he agreed. It’s so unprofessional to go right to his home that late at night, and I wouldn’t blame him for kicking her out and refusing to talk to her anymore. That just seems like a great way to lose all access to sources in government.
Then there’s the interview. It’s not entirely Mattie’s fault, but she did make mistakes. The biggest mistake was missing all of the red flags that Urquhart set off. It’s just frustrating watching him completely hijack her interview and she barely even notices.
Again, I don’t think I can fault Mattie too much. Urquart is nothing if not a master manipulator. But I also feel like a reporter on a political beat should be more aware of when someone is trying to manipulate the truth. With very little effort, Urquhart has Mattie speculating on the outcome of the election and answering HIS questions. I don’t know if Dobbs is trying to write Mattie as a careless reporter, but this interview certainly makes her appear that way.
I’m not going to pretend that I’ve never made a mistake writing an article or conducting an interview. I’m still in school, probably making the most mistakes I will as I learn the ropes and prepare for the professional world. But there was a point where I questioned if Mattie even had proper training as a journalist. At the very least, I think she’s on the wrong beat. Why am I getting so frustrated with a fictional character? Who knows.
Either way, we’re really starting to see Urquhart’s true colors. He’s conniving, he’s scheming, he’s manipulative, and so far he’s my favorite character. I know he’s awful, but Francis Urquhart is everything that I want in a villain. Urquhart is the driving force behind this plot, and I can’t wait to see how all of the schemes that he’s setting up now will eventually pay off. Or maybe they won’t, and House of Cards turns out to be a Shakespearian tragedy where his own hubris is his eventual downfall. I don’t know, but I’m excited to find out.