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

Venal, cynical, opportunistic, corrupt: In comedy, as often in reality, this is why we watch.

Timothy Simons, Gary Cole, Matt Walsh, Anna Chlumsky, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sam Richardson and Kevin Dunn attend as The Paley Center for Media hosts an evening with the cast of 'VEEP' at Paley Center For Media on April 7, 2015 in New York City.

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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.

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