Winter Has Come, Along With This Campaign for Catelyn Stark for Secretary of State
In terms of fantasy shows that take place in alternate universes, Game of Thrones is a surprisingly accurate depiction of the American political climate. This is a point the geniuses in Mother Jones‘s video department made during the 2012 election with their Westeros-themed attack ads like "Joffrey Baratheon: Where Is the Birth Certificate?" and "Danaerys Targaryen: Wrong for Dragons, Wrong for the Realm." Now, the election is over and we stil have a little under two sad, wintry months to go before Game of Thrones returns for its third season, which is too long.
But one writer, Jonathan R. Meyers of HBO fan site HBOWatch (not to be confused with Jonathan Rhys Meyers who played Henry VIII on fellow sexy-and-violent cable drama The Tudors), has decided to muddle the political worlds of Westeros and our own, and even though Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was approved as Secretary of State, it didn’t stop Meyers from throwing in a few cents about his perfect candidate: Catelyn Stark, wife of the late Eddard Stark, matriarch of House Stark of Winterfell. Catelyn is a courageous character, fiercely protective of her realm and her family, so a case could definitely be made.
As Meyers writes:
"Lady Catelyn Stark is inarguably a superior candidate for Secretary of State. She is a highborn Lady of the Riverlands and lives the motto of her house: Family, Duty, Honor; coveted principles all for any of your high counselors. While many high lords only talk of family values, Lady Stark takes action as she did with her young son when protecting his mind from viewing an execution, nurturing his spirit after he was crippled from a fall, and shielding his body from an assassin’s blade. A commitment to duty also guides Catelyn Stark. For the good of the realm, she abandoned her misgivings about her husband’s appointment to Hand, left her youngest sons to warn of a foreign plot, and attended to urgent matters of war and peace rather than be with her own dying father. Her honor is a thread that weaves through her every thought and deed, and she is a woman who takes her vows and those of others as a sacred pledge to the living, to the old gods, and to the new. A woman whose very purpose is family, duty, and honor would make an exceptional Secretary of State."