Big Hollywood: Palin Carried McCain Until He Changed the Game

Friday, February 24, 2012

I am glad to see that more people are stepping up to denounce HBO's representation of Governor Palin during the 2008 election (though still summoning Senator McCain). Game Change is a work of fiction disguised as fact, so in the interest of truth, we will continue to expose it for what it is. Joel B. Pollak wrote an article for Big Hollywood in which he described his experience with the campaign. Here's an excerpt:

But here’s the truth about the McCain-Palin campaign, which HBO’s upcoming “Game Change” film attempts to shroud in fanciful anti-Palin fiction: Palin carried the campaign. She would have led the Republicans to victory had it not been for the September financial collapse and McCain’s disastrous decision to suspend his campaign so that he could vote for the TARP bailout in Washington.

The Democrats knew it, too. That fall, I was back in the classroom at Harvard Law School, surrounded by students and faculty who not only supported Sen. Barack Obama but were, in some cases, involved in his campaign at senior levels. They feared Palin and, after her arrival, could barely talk about the election without a sense of dread. They had no answer for her optimism, her authenticity, her femininity and her courage.

On the ground in New Hampshire, where I volunteered after classes and on weekends, Palin’s nomination had led to a sudden groundswell of support. Where McCain had struggled to fill an arena, lines outside events featuring Palin seemed miles long. She had awakened and rallied the conservative base.


After the election, when the Republican establishment began to self-destruct, Palin rallied the conservative base yet again. She became an important voice in the burgeoning Tea Party movement. She helped lead Republicans to the greatest congressional victory in several generations. Her success stopped the Obama agenda dead in its tracks. That’s a real “game change” worthy of a film – and the story’s still being written.

Read the full piece here.


Anonymous,  February 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM  

"She had awakened and rallied the conservative base."

That's the way I remember it too. I was resigned to holding my nose and voting for McCain even though I had said the year before I would never vote for him after he pulled the rug out from under the Senate Republicans during the "nuclear option" debate. But of course there was no way I could vote for the far-left Obama.

Then came Sarah Palin - and everything changed.

A lackluster campaign suddenly generated passion and even though she clearly understood her position as number two on the ticket, she energized the base more than I have ever seen. I laughed at the ridiculous Democrat talking point that she dragged the ticket down to defeat. On the contrary, she gave us a reason to vote FOR McCain instead of just AGAINST Obama. But she couldn't run the campaign her way - much to the relief of the Democrats, although they'll never admit that.

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