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?
HBO Films optioned the film's source book "Game Change" (2010) by Mark Halperin
and by John Heilemann
in the month of January of the year of 2010. The work was only first published on 11th January of this year. 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 six months after leaving office, and if she were to succeed John McCain as President then ten years after leaving office. See more
[the office is applauding Sarah's convention speech
She did it without a teleprompter. It broke halfway through her speech.
If that happens to me tomorrow night, I'm fucked.
Referenced in Creating a Candidate
I Feel Pretty
Written by Leonard Bernstein
and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Julie Andrews
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment See more