A Minor House Of Cards Spoiler
This post contains a minor House of Cards spoiler, so don't read on if you're worried about such things. Mostly this is a quick observation about politics.
So anyway, I watched all of House of Cards this weekend, and frankly I thought Season 3 was the best one yet.
One plot point involved Underwood laterally raiding the management of FEMA, and using the money to start a job guarantee program in Washington DC. That was working fine until a hurricane started barreling towards the east coast, and it was looking like there would be a natural disaster while FEMA had depleted funds.
So Congress - which was furious about Underwood's FEMA raid, since it meant using money in ways they hadn't expressly apportioned - agreed to replenish FEMA, provided that the jobs guarantee go. And ultimately, Underwood felt he had no choice but to sign the bill replenishing FEMA.
But one possibility that wasn't entertained in the show was Underwood spinning it the other way, slamming Congress for attaching strings to its FEMA replenishment and "playing politics" with disaster aid.
Seems there's a parallel between that situation and the current real life fight over the DHS. Republicans in Congress are threatening to shut down the DHS unless there's a repeal of Obama's executive action involving immigration. Except in real life, Obama doesn't feel like he needs to sign a bill that reverses his program... instead the pressure is more on Republicans to not play politics with Homeland Security, and to both fund the DHS and let Obama's immigration action stand.