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.
Did You Know?
In the beginning of the film, a reporter asks, "Can a soufflé rise twice?" This was a famous quote by the Australian Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating
, about the opposition Australian Liberal Party politician Andrew Peacock
, who was making a second attempt to gain the leadership of his party in the 1980s. 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
Hey, how are you doing?
That depends. How does she look?
For a woman who's just had a baby, has a pregnant teen daughter, and a son in Iraq... I'd say not half bad.
You, however, look like shit.
May God Bless America
Written by Bobby Bare
and Boyce Hawkins
Performed by Loretta Lynn
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises See more