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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Governor, do you know why we're in Iraq?
Because Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11.
No, no, Al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11
Not Saddam Hussein?
No, it was Al Qaeda. That's why we're in Afghanistan.
Do you know the primary differences between the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq?
[Palin doesn't answer
Written by Robert John Lange
and Shania Twain
Performed by Shania Twain
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
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