Friday, March 9, 2012
Author, radio talk show host, and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley screened HBO's Game Change, which airs tomorrow. She offered the following review of the hit piece that was a calculated HBO (Helping Barack Obama) attempt to derail what they originally expected would be a Palin candidacy in full swing at this point:
As I sat in a darkened theater at the premiere for HBO's new movie, "Game Change," I had the same thought I did when I watched Oliver Stone's films "Nixon" and "W." I thought: "This is what liberals think is a sympathetic portrait."
Make no mistake: this movie is disgusting and insulting to conservatives. Sure, the filmmakers toss in a few scenes in which the central character, Sarah Palin, is depicted in tender ways: as a truly devoted mother, and as a fantastic retail politician who not only connects with real people but really cares about them.
But the vast majority of the movie is an elitist slam of her and everything for which she---and we---stand.
It's clear that HBO commissioned the film and put it into production when they thought she was running for president. They made it to bury her. They also made it to reverse her self-driven image rehabilitation by making her into a Big Dummy and reminding people that she's oh-so-clearly not qualified to be president. (This, by the way, is an art form for the Left: they get threatened by a charismatic convervative or Republican and try to destroy them by painting them as Big Dummies: Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain...)
The film centers on Palin's selection as John McCain's VP and what a "huge mistake" it was, because, you know, she was such a Big Dummy. There's a brief mention of how McCain actually went into the lead over Obama by about 5 points after her selection and dynamite convention speech. But other that that, she's cast as the sole reason McCain lost. (Never mind that McCain was a terrible candidate, wouldn't go full-frontal against Obama, and that the entire global economy was collapsing. No, it was Palin who single-handedly lost the election for the ticket.)
Her conservative values are mocked, from her belief in limited government to her faith in God. Each time she prayed in the film, the leftwing elites around me in the theater laughed at her. But really, they were laughing at US. This is what they really think of us. This is what Obama thinks of us: "bitter clingers," and all that.
The rest of the movie focuses on all of the hand-wringing by McCain's incredibly disloyal and self-serving staff about the lack of "vetting" for Palin. There is no mention that the guy at the top of the OTHER PARTY'S ticket got ZERO vetting. And he gets very little vetting to this very day, the late Andrew Breitbart's efforts notwithstanding (#VetThePres, #VetTheMedia). The most radical candidate to ever run skated into the presidency without a single tough question asked of him, but Palin lacked "vetting?" I mean, really.
Obama, of course, is shown only in amber-lit flashbacks to his 2008 campaign, surrounded by 200,000 people at his speech in Berlin, giving his convention acceptance speech surrounded by the faux Greek columns. At one point in a scene widely reported at the time, Team McCain gave up on Michigan and pulled all of its resources out of there. It was Palin who stood up to fight. She was the one who requested to go in there and campaign. She was the one who refused to give up.
The two major sources for the film and the book on which it was based, McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt and communications director [Nicolle Wallace], attempt to make themselves look good---as the "responsible ones" behind an effort that may have been a winning one if only everyone had just listened to them. Please. In order to save their own skins, they threw Palin under the bus in the most rude and low-rent ways. That actually makes them MORE disgraceful than the leftwingers who made this Obama propaganda piece.
Palin has handled the viciousness, brutality and lies slung at her with grace and courage. We must do the same.
Read the article in its entirety here.
Now, what does Governor Palin have to say about the movie? Via an email to Jake Tapper of ABC, the Governor writes:
I believe my family has the right priorities and knows what really matters,” Palin emailed. “For instance, our son called from Afghanistan yesterday and he sounded good, and that’s what matters. Being in the good graces of Hollywood’s ‘Team Obama’ isn’t top of my list.
Her staff members, however, have blasted the film. Tapper continues:
Palin’s allies have dismissed ”Game Change,” which is based on the book that described the former Alaska governor’s lurch onto the national stage, as a bundle of lies. Her former aide Jason Recher called it a “false narrative cobbled together by a group of people who simply weren’t there.”
Randy Scheunemann, who advised Palin during the campaign, said that “to call this movie fiction gives fiction a bad name.”
Those who fixate on fiction and liberal lies will tune into HBO, but those who love truth have an alternative. Sunday, ReelzChannel will premiere The Undefeated, the documentary about Governor Palin's real record and achievements. Learn more here.
(h/t Stacy and Ian)