Even before HBO’s movie “Game Change” premiered last evening, lots of Republicans were taking every opportunity to call the film about the 2008 McCain/Palin debacle a ‘fabrication’ or ‘it didn’t happen that way’. Sarah Palin (without seeing the film) has called it a ‘false narrative’ and a ‘work of fiction’.
Apparently not so much, according to Steve Schmidt, McCain’s real political advisor at the heart of the story. David Frum writes: Is this film accurate? I asked Schmidt directly. “I felt as if I were having an out-of-body experience as I watched,” he said. In other words: yes.
The film is based on part of the 2009 book ‘Game Change’ by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. It was written by Danny Strong and directed by Jay Roach (2008’s “Recount”)…
David Frum is no wild-eyed Liberal, but is one of the few sane people who calls himself a Republican. His review of the film with his own comments are here:
The Daily Beast: David Frum on ‘Game Change’
Briefly, “Game Change” is an excellent, theatre-worthy piece of film making. Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin is note-perfect! An Emmy on her mantle for sure. The entire cast does an outstanding job, especially Woody Harrelson and Sarah Paulson as senior McCain advisors Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace. Ed Harris as John McCain is good, but isn’t usually in the thick of things with Palin.
The film is not without empathy, and there were even a couple of moments where I felt sorry for the fix Palin had got herself into. But her stunning ignorance of basic facts about the world and how the United States works is simply breathtaking. She’s quite petty and she seems like she’s about to lose it at several points in the film.
We should remember however that Sarah Palin was a large impetus to the ‘rise’ of the ‘tea party’ movement. She DID have an impact ‘in the heartland’.