Monica Crowley wrote a very accurate review of ‘Game Change’ today after attending a screening:
As I sat in a darkened theater at the premiere for HBO’s new movie, “Game Change,” I had the same thought I did when I watched Oliver Stone’s films “Nixon” and “W.” I thought: “This is what liberals think is a sympathetic portrait.”
Make no mistake: this movie is disgusting and insulting to conservatives. Sure, the filmmakers toss in a few scenes in which the central character, Sarah Palin, is depicted in tender ways: as a truly devoted mother, and as a fantastic retail politician who not only connects with real people but really cares about them.
But the vast majority of the movie is an elitist slam of her and everything for which she—and we—stand.
It’s clear that HBO commissioned the film and put it into production when they thought she was running for president. They made it to bury her. They also made it to reverse her self-driven image rehabilitation by making her into a Big Dummy and reminding people that she’s oh-so-clearly not qualified to be president. (This, by the way, is an art form for the Left: they get threatened by a charismatic convervative or Republican and try to destroy them by painting them as Big Dummies: Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain…)
The film centers on Palin’s selection as John McCain’s VP and what a “huge mistake” it was, because, you know, she was such a Big Dummy. There’s a brief mention of how McCain actually went into the lead over Obama by about 5 points after her selection and dynamite convention speech. But other that that, she’s cast as the sole reason McCain lost. (Never mind that McCain was a terrible candidate, wouldn’t go full-frontal against Obama, and that the entire global economy was collapsing. No, it was Palin who single-handedly lost the election for the ticket.)
Her conservative values are mocked, from her belief in limited government to her faith in God. Each time she prayed in the film, the leftwing elites around me in the theater laughed at her. But really, they were laughing at US. This is what they really think of us. This is what Obama thinks of us: “bitter clingers,” and all that.
The rest of the movie focuses on all of the hand-wringing by McCain’s incredibly disloyal and self-serving staff about the lack of “vetting” for Palin. There is no mention that the guy at the top of the OTHER PARTY’S ticket got ZERO vetting. And he gets very little vetting to this very day, the late Andrew Breitbart’s efforts notwithstanding (#VetThePres, #VetTheMedia). The most radical candidate to ever run skated into the presidency without a single tough question asked of him, but Palin lacked “vetting?” I mean, really.
Obama, of course, is shown only in amber-lit flashbacks to his 2008 campaign, surrounded by 200,000 people at his speech in Berlin, giving his convention acceptance speech surrounded by the faux Greek columns. At one point in a scene widely reported at the time, Team McCain gave up on Michigan and pulled all of its resources out of there. It was Palin who stood up to fight. She was the one who requested to go in there and campaign. She was the one who refused to give up.
The two major sources for the film and the book on which it was based, McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt and communications director Nicole Wallace, attempt to make themselves look good—as the “responsible ones” behind an effort that may have been a winning one if only everyone had just listened to them. Please. In order to save their own skins, they threw Palin under the bus in the most rude and low-rent ways. That actually makes them MORE disgraceful than the leftwingers who made this Obama propaganda piece.
This is what we are up against: a hydra-headed Obama machine, with Hollywood, the unions, academia, and the lamestream media creating false narratives and then using their immense power to spin those lies until many Americans believe them. If we’re going to have any hope of saving this country, we’re going to have to fight back every second of every day.
You can read the entire piece here.