“Game Change”…

SkyHarbor, 2012/03/11 

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’.

4/5 stars.


  1. Max wrote,

    Andrew Sullivan, a major critic of Palin (often accused of being obsessed with whether Trig is really her child) thought it was too complimentary of her, especially in regard to treating her as a wondeful mother. He thinks the fact that she used her special-needs child as a prop for the campaign is a clear case in point.

    Comment on 2012/03/11 @ 9:32 am

  2. SkyHarbor wrote,

    I don’t know enough about Palin to pass judgement on her mothering skills… I think the epithet ‘Caribou Barbie’ is likely an apt guess though. Like Santorum’s ‘special needs’ child, ‘Bella’ – politicians can’t seem to resist a chance to cash in on the ‘sympathy vote’… and it appeals to women… Instead of “Oh, you must be genetically inferior!”

    Palin’s own book “Going Rogue” showed how vindictive and self-serving she really is:

    Comment on 2012/03/11 @ 10:26 am

  3. byronius wrote,

    The new Palin — Rick Santorum.

    “It’s a matter of what’s in his heart. He’s a strong pro-life person,” press secretary Alice Stewart replies.

    After all, like the origin of the universe or the existence of a supreme being, Dutch medical statistics are ultimately unknowable—just another of the unresolvable mysteries that have confronted us since the dawn of mankind. Who are we? Why are we here? What are the laws in the Netherlands concerning doctor-assisted suicide? We all have our own beliefs.

    Santorum knows in his heart that elderly Dutch people are routinely euthanized against their will by doctors. He believes this to be true, no matter what the elite media tries to tell him.

    As John Cole comments on Balloon Juice:

    In my heart, I know that Rick Santorum dabbles in buggery.

    Historically speaking, all of this anti-fact ‘personal belief’ crap doesn’t end well for anybody. Everyone else has to suffer from their ignorance. Without sensible people around, the GOP will burn themselves and this country to the ground, since the ‘fact’ that fire consumes its fuel is unproven and based on ‘science’ alone.

    ‘GOP in 1312!’ Seriously. The GOP longs for the Dark Ages.

    One has to wonder what Rick Santorum really believes. The stuff he won’t say publicly.

    I can imagine.

    Comment on 2012/03/13 @ 9:41 am

  4. Cat-eyes wrote,

    Politicos strike me a dyslexic jeopardy players. Sure, she gave an answer but it wasn’t paired with the right question but she seems to think that instead of answering the question it is the medias job to find a question that suits the canned answer. So play along, “Rick is strong pro-life, from conception to natural death.” – The jeopardy question: “What does any of that have to do with fraudulent representation of Dutch end of life health care?”

    Comment on 2012/03/13 @ 11:20 am

  5. Max wrote,

    I wish he would just respond. “You know, here in the Netherlands we refer to what you’re doing as unloading a steaming pile of horseshit.”

    or at least “so you’re not going to defend your boss for flat out lying his ass off?”

    Comment on 2012/03/13 @ 12:39 pm

  6. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Nobody does the old ‘non-answer answer’ like the GOP. Especially when caught in a blatant falsehood.

    NYT: The Dutch Embassy in Washington declined to comment on Wednesday on recent remarks by Rick Santorum, the Republican presidential candidate, in which he claimed, falsely, that forced euthanasia accounts for 5 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands.

    An embassy spokeswoman, Carla Bundy, explained that the Dutch government preferred not to intervene in an American political campaign. But Ms. Bundy did provide The Lede with documents and official statistics showing that there are no provisions of Dutch law that permit forced euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia, which has been legal since 2002, accounted for about 2 percent of deaths in the Netherlands in 2010.

    Santorum in Dutch (features a good Rachel Maddow clip on this)

    The ‘Dutch remark’ seems perfect for Santorum. Here you have a Liberal socialist country that allows Gay marriage and Pot and hasn’t offended anyone in more than a century. Why not?

    Comment on 2012/03/13 @ 12:40 pm

  7. SkyHarbor wrote,

    The above purveyor of outgassing equine excrement handily won both the Alabama and Mississippi GOP primaries last night*. It’s clear that Rick Santorum isn’t going to ‘go away’ anytime soon. And having lost in his ‘backyard’, Newt’s now on a kamikaze mission to deny Romney the nomination. These are NOT reasonable men.

    I would caution Obama and the Dems against smugness however… never underestimate the gullibility of the American voting citizenry. And this is only MARCH!

    * but Romney won the American Samoa caucus; and ‘as American Samoa goes, so goes the nation!’ 😉

    Comment on 2012/03/14 @ 3:10 am

  8. byronius wrote,

    Yeah, as long as there’s a massive profit to be making sure as many people are as ignorant as possible, we’re going to be in trouble.

    One has to hope there are consequences of some form for the Lying Liars of the GOP. But so far, they’re dreaming of 1984, even though they haven’t read the book, because that’s what they do.

    Not read the book.

    As I’ve said before, the decent people of this nation are carrying a stone on our backs that seems to be getting heavier with time. Throwbacks are parasites, and poisonous. We’ll be lucky to survive their efforts to dismantle the foundations.

    Comment on 2012/03/14 @ 9:09 am

  9. Cat-eyes wrote,

    @Sky > “but Romney won the American Samoa caucus” simply because of the large Mormon missionary work there, really, no other reason.

    Comment on 2012/03/14 @ 10:35 am

  10. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Well put, byronius. And you too, Cat-eyes (Samoa fields a whopping 9 delegates). Much of this year’s over-blown, personal and negative election antics* must be laid squarely at the feet of The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) for their badly misguided (and incorrect) ‘Citizens United’ ruling which has opened the floodgates of unlimited and largely anonymous cash into our so-called Democracy. This ability of corporations and billionaires to effectively buy elections is called by SCOTUS ‘protected free speech’. I beg to differ.

    Without ‘Citizens United’, the GOP nomination would have been locked up months ago for Romney. Santorum and Gingrich would have been forced from the field some time back. Now, as long as your ‘sugar daddy’ keeps writing checks, there IS NO incentive to get out of the race. We could well be looking at a brokered GOP convention in August.

    1144 delegates are needed to win. As of today, the delegate count is:

    496 ROMNEY
    236 SANTORUM
    141 GINGRICH
    067 PAUL
    940 (total delegates awarded)

    Do the math. I won’t say likely, but it’s becoming more and more a possibility. Republicans (and Romney!) don’t like the ‘messiness’ of a contested convention (the last one was Ford/Reagan in 1976), but nothing would please Santorum, Gingrich and Paul MORE!

    * Even I may turn off the tube by October! I expect the air to be PULSING with negative ads from August on… It ain’t gonna be pretty. But Seattle’s a democratic stronghold (like SF), so the GOP will hopefully write us off early…

    Comment on 2012/03/14 @ 10:59 am

  11. SkyHarbor wrote,

    Win or lose, Romney (and his SuperPac) typically outspends his competitors on TV & Radio spots 4 or 5 to 1. On the other hand, it seems that the GOP ‘base’, just doesn’t LIKE Mr. Romney very much. He’s too stiff, too willing to change his positions, too Mormon, too ridiculously wealthy… and after all, he DID tie his dog to the roof of his car to go on Vacation™! ;-}

    Comment on 2012/03/14 @ 11:53 am

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