03.15.2012 0

Game Change: Important New Reflections

By David Bozeman — One of the last things America needs is a rehash of the 2008 campaign, but the truth demands constant vigilance.  The lies of today easily evolve into the common misperceptions of tomorrow, and if a movement will not defend its own leaders, who will?

Recently, this space discussed the marketing of Game Change, HBO’s account of Campaign 2008, focusing on the selection of Sarah Palin for vice president.  The producers are selling it as a serious examination of our political selection process.  But this writer missed the trees for the forest. The devil is in the details.  It is not the smug, self-satisfied tone of the filmmakers and stars that justify the disgust of every American who esteems truth as the gold standard of political discourse.  Simply, the film is a blatant piece of anti-conservative propaganda.

We can all forget the title or plot of a movie, but individual scenes can linger on, coloring our perceptions of specific subjects for a lifetime.  Some Hollywood producers are more insidious than politicians — the cover of “art” offers a much broader framework for spreading liberal propaganda than a mere stump speech or daily news soundbite.

The following are the most pertinent scenes from Game Change, though far too many remain to recount here.

Before the opening credits are over, we see that one of the film’s producers is Tom Hanks.  Yes, the amiable guy next door and Obama fundraiser of the highest order.  His efforts alone don’t preclude an objective look at Governor Palin, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Later, VP nominee Palin counts on British cooperation for concluding the Iraq War because we have always had good relations with the Queen, whom she apparently believes sets policy.  The real Sarah Palin has always regarded Margaret Thatcher as a role model, so how likely is it that she would have no concept of the true head of government, the prime minister?

She professes her disagreement with Senator McCain over embryonic stem cell research, but the film omits her actual support of adult stem cell research.  Another anti-science, Christian conservative — how original.

In her riveting meltdown scene before she hurls her cell phone at a wall, Sarah tells a campaign aide that, like Hillary Clinton, she must find her own voice. “And you’re just like Hillary,” the aide responds with venomous sarcasm.  Therein lays a major tenet of Palin Derangement Syndrome.  Hillary, who subordinated herself to her husband’s political ascendency and waited many years for her own turn, is somehow the icon of a woman leader. Yet Sarah Palin, who propelled herself forward by grit and tenacity and by exposing the corruption (mostly of men) within her own party, is a trailer park Evita.

Later at Palin rallies, supporters yell “Kill him!” referring to Barack Obama.  These accusations persist, but the Secret Service has reportedly found no evidence to the claims.  I attended two rallies and can attest that I heard no such calls.

Sarah whispers to a staff member that she doesn’t want to return to Alaska.  Yeah, that’s why this wealthy private citizen still resides there and starred in a reality show celebrating its scenic wonders.

Then there’s Julianne Moore, who fails to capture Palin’s infectious zest and vitality.  At least Meryl Streep was Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.  Julianne Moore is simply Julianne Moore doing a passable Palin impersonation.  Moore performs admirably as Sarah with her children, particularly in one poignant scene where Sarah talks to her son Track serving in the Middle East.

But overall, what tripe.  Even John McCain is shown using the f-word, which the senator has denied using with the casual frequency portrayed.  But in the most telling scene, McCain laments the media’s negative treatment of him.  “I thought they liked me.”  No, Senator, they like you only as long as you are an impediment to the conservative movement.  Any threat to liberal preponderance will be savaged by the media, including the entertainment media.

Ultimately, the outrage of Game Change is not just that it demeans Sarah Palin but that it insults conservatives and the intelligence of its viewers.  Not everyone is gullible enough to believe such over-the-top fiction, but its makers are sure banking for success on the ones who are.

David Bozeman, former Libertarian Party Chairman, is a Liberty Features Syndicated writer.

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