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
When McCain is sitting on the couch talking to his advisor, it can be seen that the bottom button on his shirt is unbuttoned. After cutting away and then back to McCain, all of his buttons are done. 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?
Beyond the Great Divide
Written by Jack Wesley Routh
and J.C. Crowley
(as John Charles Crowley II)
Performed by Emmylou Harris
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records See more