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Bad-boy politicians are nothing new in popular culture. Mr. Smith was lamenting the sorry state of our politics and Joe Tynan was getting seduced by a lobbyist long before I was born. And television has plenty of them now, in plenty of flavors, from Homeland's scheming Senator Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) to Scandal's President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn). But this fall on TV, we've also gotten a crop of characters who bring male politicians' cavalier attitudes towards their offices into high relief. In contrast are their female counterparts, who exhibit a competence and dedication to their jobs that seems downright superheroic in comparison to the lackadaisical or Machiavellian styles favored by their male peers. But the storylines of female-politican characters are also a clear and sometimes funny reminder of why men can take higher office for granted, while women still have to work twice as hard for half the respect. »

- Alyssa Rosenberg

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