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?
Star Ed Harris
, who plays real life 2008 American Presidential Candidate Senator John McCain
in this film, previously portrayed another American Senator character, the fictional Senator Hugh Hathaway in the political comedy Running Mates
(1992), where Harris' character is also running for American President. See more
When Rick Davis was Google searching for a female VP candidate, he typed the letter "J" See more
Still think she's fit for office?
Aw, who cares. In forty-eight hours no one will even remember who she is.
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