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?
Politics would never be the same.
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The film won 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Julianne Moore
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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 even if she were to succeed John McCain as president the protection would last for ten years after leaving office. Lifetime protection would not be reestablished until 2013. See more
There are unknowns with Palin, and, ah, certainly it could go bad. But if it were me, I'd rather lose by ten points going for the win than lose by one point and look back and say "Goddamn, we should have gone for the win".
Our slogan's "Country First". Lieberman and Pawlenty are "Country First" choices. Sarah Palin will be perceived as a self-serving political maneuver.
You many not only lose the election, John... you just might lose your reputation right along with it.
I'm not running for ...
Written by Robert John Lange
and Shania Twain
Performed by Shania Twain
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
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