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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She constantly slips into these catatonic stupors, and then when we do finally get her to work, she writes all the information down on notecards, but she can't remember any of it. Steve, did you do an approval poll on Alaska? She keeps bringing it up.
What the fuck? I did that stupid fucking poll a week ago. I told her she's in the seventies!
Yeah, well, I don't think she believes you. She says you made those numbers up.
She is becoming completely irrational.
I don't even...
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