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?
In the beginning of the film a reporter asks "Can a soufflé rise twice?" This was a famous quote by the Australian Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating about the opposition politician Andrew Peacock who was making a second attempt to gain the leadership of the Liberal Party in the 1980s. See more
Steve Schmidt tells Sarah Palin that, if everything goes according to plan, her Secret Service agents will be with her for the rest of her life. Vice Presidents only receive Secret Service protection for up to 6 months after leaving office. See more
Steve, what's up?
How many questions does Sarah Palin have to answer in the debate?
Uh... twenty-two to twenty-five.
And how long is each answer?
Two minutes with pivots.
So if all we have to do is get the best actress in American politics to memorize forty-five minutes' worth of answers, then why did we waste five days trying to get her to understand what any of this shit means?
I Feel Pretty
Written by Leonard Bernstein
and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Julie Andrews
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment See more