The Politician returns after the Season 1 time jump, and Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is back, but this time, he’s vying for a seat in the New York State Senate as part of his plan to take the presidency. Standing in his way is a different opponent than what he’s faced in the past: Incumbent Dede Standish (Judith Light), whose election campaign has been thrown out of whack with Payton’s entrance into the race. With the help of her loyal Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler), Dede does everything she can to cling onto her Senate seat.
As a long-time incumbent and greatly admired Senate Majority Leader with no-nonsense Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler) Payton tries his best to take down Dede, revealing her part in a “throuple.” But Hadassah digs up her own secrets about Payton, threatening to release an embarrassing photograph of him posing nearly nude and wearing a headdress. “We’re destroying him,” she tells Dede. “You’ll thank me later.” There’s also “spicy lube,” multiple positive pregnancy tests, one traitorous campaign member, plenty of tears and many Nancy Meyers jokes at her side