The first time I saw the trailer and heard “American Woman” I felt like I should get ready to go on the air again, because I used it as my intro back when I was dabbling in radio. It’s the lead-in for HBO’s “Game Change”, whose roll out has mimicked a Hollywood theatrical production. The entire marketing and advertising of the HBO film has taken film television production advance to a new level.
The previews seen through all the different interviews, as well as the reviews, reveal Julianne Moore at the top of her game in a role that could be the dessert of her career to date. It’s any actor’s dream to have such a fascinating character to portray, especially a woman who caused such a political furor by coming on to the national political stage wholly unprepared and stirring up a whirlwind of drama with everything she says, does and wherever she goes.
The Hillary Effect and Clinton’s 18 million cracks paved the way for Palin mania. It’s why Sarah Palin is one of the characters in my book. There’s no way to write about ’08 and the Hillary Effect without including Sarah Palin.
Of course, unlike “Game Change”, written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, which tore the skin off the bone of every female character portrayed in the book, I write about Palin’s rise and her own self-destruction while also giving her the credit she’s due for the rise of the Tea Party in 2010. No one can take that away from her. Back then and before her Loughner video response flame out there were a lot of establishment Republicans who thought she had an inside track to the nomination, people like Mark McKinnon and many others. But that was then.
HBO’s “Game Change” covers only the 60-day McCain – Palin saga, which is a very smart focus and one that lends itself well to great drama, especially as recounted by Halperin and Heilemann in their book.
There are going to be a lot of people DVRing or watching it tonight. After seeing the clips, as well as all the interviews. I’m looking forward to seeing Ed Harris as John McCain. In some of the clips his looks and persona are uncanny.
However, there’s a lot of talk about the element of the story where Nicole Wallace realizes how she feels about voting for Sarah Palin. Their relationship ended up unraveling, even if Wallace began by rooting for Palin when it all began.
SarahPAC has already put out its rebuttal through a video and Sarah Palin has been very vocal about the advance publicity. It’s obvious she’s freaked about it.
The lesson of Sarah Palin is that national politics is tough on amateurs, but if you’re willing to risk it anyway it can make you rich. But whether Sarah Palin can add something more than chatterbox fodder and a defense for what ails us by coming to the side of people like Rush Limbaugh remains to be seen.
That reality hovers over the film, because the ending of the McCain-Palin partnership was an epic flame out.
ps – Unrelated, we spring forward early Sunday a.m., don’t forget.