Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake? Written by
Politics would never be the same.
Did You Know?
, John Heilemann
The two original writers of the book Game Change, on which the film is based, appear as the two reporters asking Steve Schmidt about Palin's "amniotic fluid". See more
When Rick Davis was Google searching for a female VP candidate, he typed the letter "J" See more
There are unknowns with Palin, and ah, certainly it could go bad. But if it were me, I'd rather lose by ten points going for the win than lose by one point and look back and say "Goddamn, we should have gone for the win".
Our slogan's "Country First". Lieberman and Pawlenty are "Country First" choices. Sarah Palin will be perceived as a self-serving political maneuver.
You many not only lose the election, John... you just might lose your reputation right along with it.
I'm not running ...
Written by Robert John Lange
and Shania Twain
Performed by Shania Twain
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more