15 March 2012


The other night I watched the HBO docudrama "Game Change". It's the story of Sarah Palin's selection for Vice President by the McCain campaign. The ratings for the movie were one of HBO's best.

First I must say the Julianne Moore (Palin) and Ed Harris (McCain) were superb. They played their characters flawlessly.

Of course this was a movie and of course there is always the makers bias but if this movie is anywhere near accurate it's just too frightening to contemplate.

Most will focus on the beating Palin takes in the movie but what I found so abhorrent was that she got in that position in the first place. It just never should have happened.

The movie portrays the overriding objective was to pick someone solely for their ability to derail Obama's momentum with no thought to the importance of the position. Apparently, McCain's advisers were so focused on Palin's ability to capture votes they didn't even bother to find out if she had a clue about even the most basic issues and historical events. Which clearly she did not. There are tapped interviews to pretty much confirm that is true.

Once Palin finds out she actually has to have actual knowledge as opposed to simply spewing soccer mom sound bites she quickly becomes overwhelmed to the point she is nearly catatonic and close to complete mental collapse.

If a leader is as good as the people he surrounds himself with then McCain is just as incompetent as Palin. His advisers failed to properly vet Palin and McCain did not vet his advisers.  Had McCain prevailed all those idiots who supported picking Palin would be on the Whitehouse staff advising the president. Who would want such idiots advising their president? Especially, when that president didn't have enough character to get involved and ask his own questions. How incredibly irresponsible to be so cavalier about a person who could be a heartbeat form the presidency. It scares the hell out of me.

It would be easy to condemn Palin but after seeing this movie I find her a sympathetic character. There was no way she should have ever been put in that position. She was so deluded she didn't have enough sense to realize she was in no way a suitable candidate for Vice President. McCain's advisers certainly should have. But, that seems to be politics today. To hell with leadership. It's all about what plays for the voters.

I didn't vote in the last election because there was no one to vote for as far as I was concerned. I didn't care for either of the candidates. I am still no fan of Obama's but if this movie is anywhere near true then I would have to say he was the lesser of evils.

What an incredibly sad state of affairs American politics is in.

I do recommend you watch this movie.

©Kinsey Barnard

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