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Chapter 48 

At the convention, Frank and his team publicly push for Secretary of State Durant to be chosen as his running mate, but privately push a different agenda.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Conway
Catherine Durant
Donald Blythe
General Brockhart
Harry Marshall
Celia Jones
Senator Sheer
Doug Barron ...
Senator Baker


At the convention, Frank and his team publicly push for Secretary of State Durant to be chosen as his running mate, but privately push a different agenda.

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[first lines]
Madam Secretary: Kentucky, you have 53 votes. How do you cast them?
Senator: Madam Secretary, as a senator for the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, I'm proud to speak on behalf of the delegation's chair. The Commonwealth of Kentucky, home of the Derby, the Wildcats, and the birthplace of bourbon, for Vice President of the United States, casts 13 votes for Secretary of State Catherine Durant 11 for Senator Joseph Baker of Nevada, nine for Governor Randall Smith of West Virginia, seven apiece for Governor Jill...
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Rather Far Fetched, But Good Theater
10 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Claire begins her ascendancy to the throne, Kathy seems willing to let her get there. This is a real political drama to be sure. Why is Kathey being so calm? The fun thing about this episode is the convention itself. It is masterfully presented in all its glory. We watch as the states spar over the Vice Presidency. One vote for Claire seems to plant the seed for the rest of the time. I don't know if this is even a plausible events, although I suppose strange things happen. So much depends on sympathy for Frank, but it also relies on fear of his health degenerating. Deals and lies are there for one purpose: to see these creeps continue to bide their time. The scene with Conway and the Pres in the private room with the ham and turkey (who is who?) is priceless. It reminds me of a time when I was on the debate team. We were allowed to spend time researching in the library, but we only talked about football. These guys are shifty politicians and each knows the other quite well. This is a great setup for the coming offering.

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