Rigged Game

I just finished watching “Game Change” on HBO, now I know why McCain/Palin lost the election, HBO just told me. The home of Real Time got together a cast of Hollywood leftists as actors and producers to put together an honest realistic (cough cough) account of that crazy bitch from Wasilla. I had no idea that Sarah was such an egomaniac, unbalanced/unstable, prone to catatonic stupors, and dumber then a lamppost. She honestly did not know who our enemies were in WW2, and thought Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Oh, and vindictive as hell.

We get the usual “she was not properly vetted”, although why, and why the rush is not explained very well, except that they needed a woman on the ticket. We also get a rare glimpse of John McCain, as a foul mouthed, weak, easily handled candidate who tried to stay above the fray but in doing so had no opinions or sway in dealing with the handlers.

Christianity, Dick Cheney, Wall Street, corporate America, they all get shellacked, even though these were supposedly all Republicans, working for a Republican candidate, and who all admired Ronald Reagan.

I didn’t read the book (surprise) and doubt anyone else did here, but I wonder to what extent even that was embellished and inflated to present to a HBO audience. Normally stuff like this doesn’t come out until election time. I guess Hollywood is feeling pretty good about their boy’s chances come November.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Wow, you mean it’s just as insightful and honest as HBO’s shows on the Wall Street collapse and the Florida recount!!!!

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  2. Macherat

    I recorded it and now I’m torn. Do I want to watch it and get even more irritated? Probably not. I’ll just go to a lefty site and see if they’ve come up with anything new to call her (besides b and c.)

    Rick Macherat (also Seattle) Member #1

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  3. richtaylor365 *

    It is worth watching, with the usual disclaimers, this is Hollywood, they get most things historical wrong, and under the guise of an historical event they get to sneak in another Obama infomercial.

    It is humorous to see how they portray Republicans, it’s like how they do aliens from outer space, since they have no point of reference, nothing anecdotal, they give it their best guess knowing that their audience won’t know any better.

    It was also interesting to see one of Hollywood’s best actresses (I know, I keep seeing her getting pounded by Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights) fail so miserably. The natural connection Sarah made with the crowds, her enthusiasm and charisma, even the pit bull/lipstick joke fell flat, you can’t act stuff like this (although looking at Obama, maybe you can).

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  4. Poosh

    It’s a long shot, and I realise it’s all a smear (I’ve already read some of the lies they’ve included – which all, oddly enough, help Obama) but do they actually give the long list of achievements Palin actually did?

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  5. AlexInCT

    I am with Nexus. Why bother? I saw that totally fictional account they made that tried to pretend it was not Al Gore, his army of lawyers, and the Florida Supremes that tried to steal an election and had to be bitch slapped by the 5 non insane members of the SCOTUS, and came away thinking anything political by these people was simple fiction and propaganda. Replete with liberal talking points and myths, you know the stuff is absolutely going to be made up, and that the appearance of any real facts or the use of logic, will be purely incidental and as out of place as an honest report of the lies and nonsense from the left by the LSM.

    You could watch any fictional movie, even a cartoon one like that Lorax baloney, be told it is an accurate portrayal of the Obama administration, and there would be more truth in that than there is in any of these HBO documentaries.

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  6. Dave D

    Guys:

    What’s really troubling about this stuff, as well as the “comedy” shows on Comedy Central, are that impressionable 20-somethings watch this shit and think it is the truth. They REALLY do!

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  7. Poosh

    Dave D is spot-on and his point should be noted. Family Guy, which is a great show, but none-the-less IS liberal propaganda, for example (and on Fox, no less).

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  8. Dick Fitzwell

    I won’t watch because I don’t care that some Hollywood liberals have mashed together a celluloid incarnation of their idea of who Sarah Palin is. I’m sure it’s just as factual as every other “based on a true story” piece of shit that comes out of that hell hole.

    Unfortunately, I think Dave D is right. I used to work with people who thought that the Leo and Kate love story of “Titanic” and the “Heart of the Ocean” diamond were real. They were shocked to hear someone even suggest that it was fiction based on a real event. Idiots!

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  9. Seattle Outcast

    It is humorous to see how they portray Republicans, it’s like how they do aliens from outer space, since they have no point of reference, nothing anecdotal, they give it their best guess knowing that their audience won’t know any better.

    No kidding. Your average liberal will ascribe behavior to non-liberals that goes past “huh, WTF?” so fast and far that it is astounding. If I were to believe liberals, all non-liberals are Luddite bible-thumpers that are either rich & evil or poor & stupid, and possessed of an evil that makes Hitler look like good dinner company in comparison. Additionally, the only thing that apparently motivates a non-liberal is either avarice or religion.

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  10. richtaylor365 *

    Idiots!

    Idiots who vote {sigh}

    The guy in the movie that gets the most ,”Man, is she dumb” lines is Woody Harrelson, and what does he think about the GOP?

    Yeah, no bias here.

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  11. Monolith

    Contrast this to the SEALS movie about bin laden coming out later this year. Not that the SEALS don’t deserve props, but they don’t work for those and Bigelow will fuck it up anyway (see the bomb disposal guys’ blowback from The Hurt Locker). You can bet your ass that Obama will come out looking like a super-Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Grant, Sherman, Lee, Napolean, Alexander composite freak leader. It’s unbelievable to me that the average citizen doesn’t see the one-sidedness. They just believe it to be true because it’s on TV. There’s a reason the masses are referred to as, “sheople” in marketing circles.

    This is all connected to the Rush thing. The left wants complete control of all points of information gathering. All dissenters must be squashed. Fairness doctrine! Net neutrality! It’s a wonder Republicans win elections at all.

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  12. Dave D

    I totally agree with Monolith above. Hal likes to make fun of anyone who believes that the media has an extreme liberal bias and gives example of very popular right wing oriented media, but he TOTALLY fails (and deserves reverse scorn, imo) in that the REAL bias is in the pop culture (see my message above about comedy central) and prime-time mainstream TV, where every right winger is an idiot and every slick, intelligent character is a lefty. This cultural portrayal goes far to indoctrinate 20-somethings into the liberal fold, imo.

    As a personal verification for me, LOTS of my high school and colleg eaquaintances who I KNOW are rather intelligent, seem to be liberal (based on clues in their Facebook posts, etc) and seem to have “bought in” to the cultural air of superiority of being a democrat or liberal. A lot of it is just plain arrogance, but it is CONSTANTLY being fed and validated by the media.

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  13. Mississippi Yankee

    One massive marketing and GOP-undies-bunching campaign later, the unveiling of HBO’s Sarah Palin flick, “Game Change,”attracted 2.123 million viewers Saturday night at 9. HBO says that is its biggest original-movie opening crowd in about eight years.

    To put the audience in perspective, that’s slightly fewer people than sat down the next afternoon at 2 to watch a rerun episode of History’s “Pawn Stars” (2.129 million viewers)…

    TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” debuted in 2010 to five million viewers, more than double the HBO figure…

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  14. Kimpost

    I saw it yesterday, and there’s little doubt that this was a Palin hit-piece. I haven’t read Game Change, but I understand that the book is more about the campaign in its entirety. In the movie version McCain is pretty much portrayed as a by-stander, who’s not to be bothered with Palin’s tantrums.

    And wow, what a hit piece it was. I’m certainly not a fan of Palin, I think that she has (or had) huge knowledge gaps, but the level of ignorance portrayed here just doesn’t make sense. She supposedly was surprised that the Queen of England wasn’t the one she should discuss foreign affairs with. Hahahaha.

    Still I think it’s worth watching. Not just for comic relief (even if that’s a big enough reason), but also because there are nuances in it, that aren’t just attacks.

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  15. balthazar

    Still I think it’s worth watching. Not just for comic relief (even if that’s a big enough reason), but also because there are nuances in it, that aren’t just attacks.

    Except that every person in the Mcain Palin camp said that the book and movie were COMPLETE FABRICATIONS, so as long as the “nuance” you looking for is fiction, then sure, watch it Mr. Sheeple.

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  16. richtaylor365 *

    I wanted to get your take, given that you are one of those Godless socialist lefty types :), and it was fairly in line with my analysis.

    I haven’t read Game Change, but I understand that the book is more about the campaign in its entirety

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    The other day I heard one pundit mention that in the book, Sarah wasn’t even mentioned until like two thirds through. Clearly she was the target in this movie.

    I think that she has (or had) huge knowledge gaps

    While I agree with this, I wonder to what extend that gap was in line with say any other governor. Governor’s are the chief executive of their state, so their knowledge of budgets, debt, unions, entitlements, how government works is pretty thorough, but no, they don’t deal with foreign policy issues, so to make a big deal about her lack of foreign policy chops was pretty specious. They made a big deal about her ignorance of how the fed works, again, governors don’t deal with national monetary policy issues. In comparing that with my own knowledge of the fed, I know what they do, who the head guy is and how much power he has over interests rates and quantitative easing, but where he duties stop and the Treasury Secretary starts, and how they go about working together to make monetary policy, it’s all French to me, they would have probably thought I was a dolt too.

    Not just for comic relief (even if that’s a big enough reason), but also because there are nuances in it, that aren’t just attacks.

    Yes, I mentioned one of the nuances before in how they think Republicans think and act. The other thing I mentioned, maybe because I like Sarah, always have, but I thought this actress failed miserably in capturing her charisma and charm, her connection she made with the common people.

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  17. salinger

    I haven’t seen this – don’t really have the interest to do so – so maybe someone can tell me. Is it presented as fact or is there a disclaimer?

    If it is presented as fact, and if it is as fictional as folks here contend – then it should be an easy matter to win a defamation lawsuit. What reason could there be for not filing if this film is so full of lies.

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  18. Kimpost

    Except that every person in the Mcain Palin camp said that the book and movie were COMPLETE FABRICATIONS, so as long as the “nuance” you looking for is fiction, then sure, watch it Mr. Sheeple.

    That’s not quite right. Steve Schmidt said that it was correct, and Nicole Wallace did too. Both members of the McCain-Palin camp.

    Regardless of them I still think that Palin’s ignorance was exaggerated. That level of ignorance from a governor just isn’t plausible to me. I guess I’m saying that you need to find someone else to disagree with.

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  19. Kimpost

    Guys:

    What’s really troubling about this stuff, as well as the “comedy” shows on Comedy Central, are that impressionable 20-somethings watch this shit and think it is the truth. They REALLY do!

    Thankfully for your side I don’t think that 20-somethings will be watching this. They will, however be watching Jon Stewart, you are right on that.

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  20. Kimpost

    While I agree with this, I wonder to what extend that gap was in line with say any other governor. Governor’s are the chief executive of their state, so their knowledge of budgets, debt, unions, entitlements, how government works is pretty thorough, but no, they don’t deal with foreign policy issues, so to make a big deal about her lack of foreign policy chops was pretty specious. They made a big deal about her ignorance of how the fed works, again, governors don’t deal with national monetary policy issues. In comparing that with my own knowledge of the fed, I know what they do, who the head guy is and how much power he has over interests rates and quantitative easing, but where he duties stop and the Treasury Secretary starts, and how they go about working together to make monetary policy, it’s all French to me, they would have probably thought I was a dolt too.

    With that in mind I still think that there are significant knowledge gaps separating her from other professional politicians. Her interviews just didn’t/doesn’t reflect a degree in political science, or even close to it. A politician with national ambitions really should know about central national-, as well as world affairs. Not professor type knowledge, but still. I want them to know what the Fed does, and I want them to be able to put pins on maps, naming capitols and heads of state.

    If you come from the political arena, such knowledge will come naturally with the progression of your career. In the house you will discuss the Fed. As a career politician you will have extensive discussions on things like the Middle East, the EU and China, and you’ll likely read books driving those discussions. On economics you’ll read Friedman, Marx and Keynes, because that is what you normally do in those circles, and you discuss them endlessly.

    Now, I think that Palin was put into a difficult situation. She couldn’t possibly become as familiar with world affairs as a career politician in such a short time, but she could have learnt more political skills to be dodging the questions. Her advisors probably failed her there, even if the movie mostly blames her. Her main strength in my opinion, is her ability to energize. She’s clearly a star, and she’s excellent with an audience. I think she should stay just outside of the political arena, writing books, doing speeches and making endorsements. That’s her comfort zone, and that’s where she’ll serve conservatism/republicans best, I think.

    I just realized that it might seem like I’m a bit rigid. I’m not invalidating people who aren’t career politicians. I think it’s good and necessary with outside blood, but even so, they should read up on areas of importance. And they need to show a genuine interest, otherwise it shines through. It doesn’t have to be extremely complicated. Just reading a couple of papers every day takes you a long way.

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