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
, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. 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
[news clips analyzing Sarah Palin
If John McCain wins, this woman will be one 72 year-old's heartbeat away from being President of the United States... and if that doesn't scare the hell out of you, it should.
In fairness, probably most people can't name a Supreme Court case. But most people are not campaigning to be Vice-President.
It's not that she doesn't know the right answer, it's that she clearly does not understand the question. This is way beyond anything we have ever seen from a national...
May God Bless America
Written by Bobby Bare
and Boyce Hawkins
Performed by Loretta Lynn
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
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