I grabbed this from Wikipedia:
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime is a book by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin about the 2008 United States presidential election. Released on January 11, 2010, it was also published in the United Kingdom under the title Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House. The book is based on interviews with more than 300 people involved in the campaign. It discusses factors including Democratic Party presidential candidate John Edwards’s extramarital affair, the relationship between Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate Joe Biden, failure of Republican Party candidate Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Sarah Palin’s vice presidential candidacy.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 consists of the first fourteen chapters and is about the Democratic primary race between Obama and Clinton as well as the Edwards affair. Part 2 covers the next three chapters and is about the Republican primary race. Part 3′s final six chapters describe the fall campaign between Obama and John McCain.
The book is 23 chapters long and is supposed to be the story of how Barack Obama became president. The movie is a couple hours long and is all about Sarah Palin. The movie credits don’t even list someone playing Obama, but they do list someone playing Sarah’s stylist.
Moore plays the former governor of Alaska in the upcoming HBO film “Game Change,” which chronicles the ups and downs of then-GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s 2008 campaign for president. Based on the book by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the film is less than flattering to Palin, who is seen flailing and rebelling against those running the campaign.
“We have her displaying moments of sheer brilliance –- I mean, she was unbelievably charismatic,” Moore said earlier in January about the film’s portrayal of Palin. “Suddenly here was this working class mother who popped out and seemed to be able to command the world, but of course upon further inspection, she was clearly not prepared. She didn’t necessarily have the experience necessary to lead our country, and that’s what we were attempting to characterize.”
Of course the key moments of that characterization are based on the word of a couple of McCain staffers who have made something of a secondary career out of sliming Sarah. Let’s jump into the Wayback Machine for a few moments:
In the summer of 2008 Sarah Palin was 44 years old and was midway through her second year as governor of Alaska. She ran successfully for Wasilla City council at age 27, was elected mayor at age 31, ran for lieutenant governor at age 37 (coming in second in a 5-way race) and in 2003 at age 38 she was appointed Chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
In 2006 she ran for governor, first defeating incumbent Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and then defeating former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles in the general. She did it while being heavily outspent in both races and in a year that saw a Democratic tidal wave in federal and state races across the nation. Not too shabby for someone without money or family political connections.
During her first year and a half as governor Sarah was very popular, with approval ratings ranging from 64% to 93%, depending on which polls you look at. Unlike Obama she spent her time doing her job, not running for another office. She did find time to get pregnant and give birth to her fifth child, however.
Many people feel that Sarah Palin lacked the experience necessary to lead our country. That is a reasonable argument, but on the other hand she didn’t run for president, she was selected to be the vice-presidential nominee.
As might be expected from someone who had never held or run for national office before Sarah did not possess a detailed knowledge of U.S. foreign policy when she was first nominated. She also had very little experience in dealing with a hostile press.
That was about to change. Here is an overview of what took place when Sarah was first nominated. She was a game changer, that’s for sure.
From what we can see from the HBO trailer we can expect the movie to portray Sarah Palin as incompetent and on the verge of a meltdown. It should be pointed out that this movie began production last year and was planned for release in March 2012, right in the middle of the primary season. When production began it was widely believed that Sarah would be running for president right now.
But this movie is not merely a dramatization of what we saw during the 2008 campaign. This movie uses a actress giving an excellent impersonation of Sarah Palin behaving in ways that were never captured on film during the campaign and that are completely at odds with what we saw at the time.
They blur the line between truth and fiction in a way that can literally alter your mind. Remember when Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house? The problem is she never said that, Tina Fey said it. But there are still people who think Sarah said it. How many HBO viewers will realize when the movie departs from reality and enters fantasy land?
It looks like Sarah, it sounds like Sarah, and some of the scenes (like her GOP convention speech) match our memories. Then we see “Sarah” confused about whether Africa is a continent or a country, or curled in the fetal position. We never saw the real Sarah do that, but our memory now depicts it.
This movie is propaganda. Don’t be surprised to see it playing prominently during one of those “free weekends” where all cable and dish subscribers can watch HBO for free.
This is, after all, the network that employs he who shall remain nameless.