Ryan Murphy's Last Gem, Politician has arrived on Netflix. Debuting on ambiguous critical reviews but still widespread audience appeal, the show boasts a star cast including American Horror Story alumni Jessica Lange and Dylan McDermott, Ben Platt, Gwyneth and Gwyneth Paul Gobnett.
Although a strong departure from the likes of AHS, a biting satire permeates Ryan Murphy's signature trends – camp, debauchery, luxury, quirkiness and wounded taps. And, in our current political climate, let's say the subject matter is too relevant.
In The Politician, Ben Platt takes the board as a high school student with one big desire: to become president of the United States. First, he has to become president of the school, get into Harvard only on merit, support a close group of friends (destined to become his political allies down), and take any steps necessary to draw the perfect portfolio … all while trying again to discover his ability to feel which he seems to have given up in the wake of unbridled ambition. If that sounds like a lot to take on, the character is pretty incendiary, so the mission is complete.
Remember, Peyton Hobart is an idea – a cartoon designed to represent a mental image formed when someone utters the word "politician." Thus, his character does not seek to imitate real politicians; rather, it marks the group as a whole using satire.
Although Peyton Hobart Ben Platt is not a direct representative of any politician, Ryan Murphy sat down for an interview with a Hollywood reporter, and he named several politicians who served as an inspiration in creating Platt's character.  Three politicians "merged" with Peyton Hobart Ben Platt in "Politics"
During a discussion Politics with a Hollywood reporter, Ryan Murphy explained that real life policies were "infused" into Platt's character; Murphy stated that Obama, Nixon and Alexandria Okasio-Cortez all fall to Peyton. If you're wondering, President Donald Trump's name never got into the conversation. Murphy continues to explain the focus of the show and why he decided to draw his characters the way he did. Murphy stated:
Enough with baby boomers [in American politics]. Like, goodbye.
You can see that people are worried about young people like AOC. You can love her, you can hate her, but she is a fascinating figure because she is the future …
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Murphy goes on to say that he wanted to write something about ambition (including his own), but he never knew how he would put it on the screen – he was trying to get on the exact vehicle.
Murphy explained that upon seeing Platt in Dear Evan Hansen – playing a "vulnerable and accessible" and neurotic male "- he was shocked as women often perform these qualities with brilliance; however, Platt was excellent in the role. When Platt told him he was looking for something darker than he had done in the past, everything started to come together.