Nothing has changed, Sarah Palin is still a “Whack Job”

Television movie depicts the truth about Palin as woefully unprepared as a political candidate.

By James Rainey

 As Republicans wage a sharply divisive presidential nominating contest, HBO is preparing to release a television film on the 2008 ascent of then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that seems sure to reopen the wounds of that lost campaign and reignite controversy over Palin’s fitness for office and the wisdom of putting her on the ticket.
“Game Change,” based on the 2010 book of the same name by two journalists, is not due to premiere on the pay-cable channel until March 10, but already on Friday Palin’s supporters were hitting back at its depiction of her as woefully unprepared to be a national candidate or be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Former John McCain campaign aides depicted in the movie, including Steve Schmidt, the campaign’s chief strategist, vouched for its accuracy in interviews with the Los Angeles Times this week.
“Game Change” shows Palin, portrayed by Julianne Moore, thrust on to the international stage, only for her handlers to belatedly discover the huge gaps in her knowledge of the world – ignorant of the Federal Reserve System, mistakenly believing Saddam Hussein ordered the 9/11 attacks against the United States and unaware that the prime minister, and not Queen Elizabeth II, ran the British government.
Some of the film’s plot points will be familiar to those who read “Game Change,” though some revelations will be new. Potentially more upsetting to Palin and her supporters is the way the film depicts the candidate’s outbursts and periods of nonresponsiveness that lead aides to describe her as “catatonic” and possibly mentally unstable.
Schmidt and a chief Palin ’08 aide, Nicolle Wallace, said they found it highly credible. Wallace said the film “captured the spirit and emotion of the campaign.”
Palin, who resigned as Alaska governor in 2009 and has gone on to be an author, reality TV star and Fox News Channel contributor, remains a significant figure in the GOP despite her decision not to seek the presidential nomination this year. She and her followers have begun denouncing the film, based on promotional trailers and accounts they have heard from others. Tim Crawford, treasurer of Palin’s political action committee, had not seen the movie but on Friday released a statement saying HBO should label it a “fiction.”
“I haven’t seen HBO’s latest effort at manipulating history,” Crawford said. “However, based upon the description and reports from people who have viewed the film ‘Game Change,’ HBO has distorted, twisted and invented facts to create a false narrative and attract viewers.”
HBO noted the depth of research behind the movie and said in a statement: “HBO has a long track record of producing fact-based dramas, and our mantra has always been, ‘Get the story right.’ ”
Palin said on “Fox News Sunday” that she did not intend to see the movie and hoped others would not “waste their time” with the film. She also said “Game Change” was based on a “false narrative.”

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 10:02:03

    According to Sarah “Game Change” was based on a “false narrative.”
    False narrative? Finally, the vindictive, lying, whack job narrative of her life is shown.
    Remember…John McCain’s advisers called her a “diva” after she suggested she wasmore interested in her own political future over the current campaign. Now another adviser ups the ante in a conversation with the Politico’s Playbook, labeling Palin a “whack job.”

    So tell me, why are we still talking about this liar, cheat and fraud? The ‘false narrative’ that I’ve seen perpetuated by media, all media is that Sarah Palin is a political leader, although she has led nothing but hate and descension into the political debate of issues. Media has provided a false narrative for Sarah, that she evidently has bought and clings onto for dear life. Which is as a Conservative, Christian, having family values, having political capital to become a ‘king maker’.

    In this article from Huffpo 2008 anything that Palin said was printed as if it was the truth. Never did I see that the actual record of this idiot woman was ever presented along side the ‘false narrative’ that Palin herself was perpetuating. It talks about Palin’s record in Alaska.. ‘tax cuts’?
    How has Sarah gained this political wealth and false credibility until now, 2012? MEDIA is happy to see her as the face of a conservative republican, it has always fit their preconceived idea.

    “You’re in Palin Country.” “Maverick Barracuda.” One of the souvenir vendors said his most popular offering was a pin showing Palin next to a pit bull and the usual “McCain-Palin” logo reversed, with her name first and in larger letters.
    The diva made sure to spend some time on her “own track record” in Alaska, particularly all the taxes she cut. “Sarah! Sarah!” the crowd chanted.


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  3. akrnc
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 14:40:03

    Palin was and is a whack job. From her running for Governor in ’06 in Alaska yet not knowing who Mitt Romney was, it’s not difficult to believe she didn’t know that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the leader of the British government and that she thought that title belonged to Queen Elizabeth II. It also opens her up to the lies she told about being so admiring of Lady Thatcher ever since the Reagan administration. How can she admire someone when she’s not aware of what they actually do? Her followers dubbed her as being similar to the Iron Lady and Palin ran with it because it sounded good to her despite not knowing who she really was or what she actually did. When it comes to Palin, the one thing you can always be sure of is that NOTHING is as it seems. There is no lie too big to be repeated if it will benefit Sarah in any way.


    • Anon
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:10:53

      That’s an excellent point.
      Hey, maybe Sarah thought Thatcher was the Queen of England.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:11:27

      She knew who Romney was in ’06. He did something to help her get elected. It was illegal, but I forget what it was.


      • akrnc
        Feb 24, 2012 @ 17:45:58

        She didn’t know who he was when he first called her according to Bailey’s book. She kept telling everyone that his name was “MILT” despite the fact that she was not familiar with him until AFTER he called her. Can you imagine not knowing who was the head of the Republican Governor’s Association when you’re running for Governor? It’s common sense but then Sarah has never been known to have much of it.

  4. Polly Tix
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:47:43

    Oh, so NOW Palin’s whining about the “false narrative” … ?

    But when the producers of Game Change asked for her input, she turned them down :

    “[D]irector/executive producer Jay Roach said he tried to get Sarah Palin’s cooperation for the film about the 2008 presidential election, which is based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

    “‘On behalf of the (film), I wrote a long letter explaining that I thought it would ‑‑ we would just do better at getting the story right if she would talk to us,’ said Roach, also the director of HBO’s Recount, about the 2000 presidential race. ‘And I got a very quick email back from her attorney saying, ‘I checked. She declines.’ So I took that as, you know, the final answer.’”

    “Still, Game Change writer Danny Strong (who also penned Recount) said he was able to interview 25 people connected with the 2008 campaign. He did not get John McCain or his speechwriter Mark Salter but said, ‘I got everybody else, including people who are not portrayed in the film.'”


  5. jk
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:23:39

    “False narrative.”
    NIce try Sarah and handlers.

    If someone made a movie about Romney and said he thought the Queen of England ran the country or didn’t understand that there was a difference between north and south Korea we might believe it was a “false narrative.” After all, Romney may be a flip flopper and I disagree with so many things he says, but it’s obvious from interviews and other public appearances that he’s not a complete moron.

    On the other hand, we have Sarah Palin who speaks in paragraph long pseudo sentences that would drive an English teacher crazy (and amounts to not much in terms of content). Sarah Palin who embarrassed herself on national television in the Couric and Gibson interviews, not to mention all the other times we’ve seen her obvious inability to speak on the most basic things. These are things we all witnessed. Send in the Dutch dike builders! All the founding fathers are my favorites! We need to stand beside our North Korean Allies! I don’t know what the Vice President does (no, wait, the Vice President is in the boss of the Senate)! Etc., etc.

    At the VP debates, she had the look of a student who had crammed a semester (or in the case a lifetime) of information into her brain the night before the test, which is exactly what she was.

    It’s not too difficult to believe that Sarah Palin didn’t understand who actually runs England,


    • jk
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:26:25

      I should say I disagree with pretty much everything Romney says, at least in his current iteration. Not that his previous iterations were that much more bearable.


    • Aksyrin
      Feb 22, 2012 @ 08:38:32

      When it was only me that saw the truth of Sarah Palin and her lie of life, I felt useless! Well since then as you said, “These are things we all witnessed.” Why is she still being allowed to perpetuate this “false narrative”? Why do I still feel useless?


      • anon
        Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:39:12

        You’re not useless.You continue to fight the good fight and it is much appreciated by me and so many other people. I believe it will all come out in the end and we will be vindicated.

  6. anAlaskanAlsoII
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:04:54

    “I haven’t seen Palin’s latest effort at manipulating history. However, based upon the description and reports from people who have viewed the film ‘Undefeated,’ or read any of her ‘books,’ Palin has distorted, twisted and invented facts to create a false narrative and attract viewers, readers and supporters.” – Fixed

    Tell you what, you re-catagorize all the Palin ‘authored’ books to fiction and we’ll talk.


  7. freshwatersnark
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 18:50:10

    Syrin, I have to point out the difference between “dissent” = disagree and “descent” = come down — although I don’t disagree that Palin is a “come-down” from almost anything. The “whack job” is just about whacked out, and thank you for your well-targeted whacks!


  8. WakeUpAmerica
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 12:05:59

    If anyone “manipulates history,” it’s Palin. Shall I count the ways starting with the bridge to nowhere?


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