Im not well-versed in political affairs (I like House of Cards because of other aspects). So I didn't understand very well why president Walker had to resign. Can anyone explain this to me in "dummy language" :)?

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It has been some time since I finished the second season now, but I will try to go on what I remember:

There were several reason why Walker was in a difficult position and why his opinion ratings were dropping quickly.

  • Walker (supposedly) led the country into a growing conflict with China, which possibly could have been avoided. This also led to an energy crisis in the US with raising energy prices. All this was not exactly helping his reputation. Of course, Frank orchestrated all of this behind the curtains.
  • On top of all that, there was a major investigation going on about illegal donations for his party over the past years. This was bad press and Walker had to cut ties with his biggest ally, Tusk, because of this.
  • Walker and his wife had marital problems. Frank and Claire convinced them that they should seek counseling, which they did. When it finally got uncovered, it was also unveiled that the therapist gave Walker drugs with psychological effects. This was a huge scandal, because it now was suggested that Walker's judgement was impaired. Especially with the current crisis going on, this meant a huge lost of trust for him.
  • In consequence, his polls were dropping rapidly and it seemed clear that he had lost a lot of public faith. This was a serious threat for the next elections and could have cost his party the win over the Republicans.

In the end, Walker was isolated, without political allies or public support. Because of the allegations against him, he would probably have faced an impeachment trial and might have lost the office anyway. Resigning was the logical consequence for him.

  • And what was the role of Jackie Sharp in this plan? Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 16:14
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    Tbh I don't remember that part too well, but as I recall Frank made her Whip (which is basically the person that ensures that all party members play along with the party line) so that he was able to enforce radical decision in the Congress. This radical decision probably would have been to push Walker out of his office through an impeachment trial if he hadn't resigned on his own.
    – magnattic
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 16:20
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    @JeanPaulOlvera - Jackie did two things: 1) She whipped enough votes in the House to impeach Walker. 2) She cornered Remy into helping them bait Tusk into confessing, which put President Walker in a very tough position. Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 19:16

Because Frank Underwood, after being completely exposed as a ruthless sociopath by Walker himself in the damn oval-office, wrote a letter to the President on an old type-writer. That's seriously it. There's is no cohesive connection in FU's ridiculous plan that actually "closes the deal" and puts him in the White House. So, during a montage where Frank writes the letter, all of the characters (including the previously-perceptive Walker) spontaneously decide to become ass-hats and hand over the Presidency to a murderer with no plausible explanation. Stupid show, watch the British version if you can ignore the 90s-fuzziness, it requires the audience to suspend their disbelief much less often than this long-winded, bizarre US off-shoot.

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    You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39

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