Governance was the whole point of The West Wing. We learned to love Leo, Josh, Toby, CJ, Sam, and President Bartlet while they were in the weeds of running the country. An FBI standoff in Idaho, a FEMA response to a hurricane bearing down on the East Coast, a nationwide strike by truck drivers, and a state dinner for the President of Indonesia are all plots in a single episode in its first season. Jed Bartlet is, without doubt, the most accomplished fictional president of all time.
Meanwhile, House of Cards spends the 13 hours of its now-streaming Season 5 on one plot engine. Each bloody chess move the Underwoods make, from challenging Conway's questionable military heroism, leveraging photo ops with the widow of a terrorist-killed American, making their own citizens scared to go to the polls, letting hackers into the NSA to cover their tracks, and an absolutely bonkers Hail Mary move on the day of the election itself, is an effort to maintain power.