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.
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The production carefully placed background actors in the audience scenes to resemble actual audience members in convention and town-hall scenes in order to enhance the cutting-in of newscast footage. See more
A key scene has Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) is lecturing Sarah Palin, telling her that in the history of the Republic, a vice presidential candidate has never given an election night concession speech. In fact, in 1984, Geraldine Ferraro, the only other female vice presidential candidate on a major-party ticket, did give a concession speech at the New York Hilton, saying: "I want first of all to congratulate President Reagan, and I have just telephoned Vice President Bush to convey my best wishes to him as well. They ran a skillful, spirited campaign and today they have achieved an impressive victory." See more
And they said we were dead. Next stop, the White House!
May God Bless America
Written by Bobby Bare
and Boyce Hawkins
Performed by Loretta Lynn
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises See more