By Jedediah Bila
On Saturday night I watched HBO’s Game Change, a hilariously absurd left-wing driven manifestation of what I have come to call Palin-OCD. Many of the “facts” presented in the film have already been dismantled, and you might be wondering why I wasted a couple of hours of my life on something that was sure to be an obvious hit piece.
Quite simply, every now and then I like to remind myself of the depth of what we are battling. Beyond Barack Obama’s disastrous policies, we are facing a mainstream media and Hollywood elite devoted to distortion, most of whom think we are first-rate dummies.
Game Change is as much a reflection of what Hollywood thinks of Palin as it is of what Hollywood thinks of you and me. By the end of the film, HBO presents Palin as a foreign and domestic policy idiot who learns how to memorize the lines she is handed, deliver a convincing debate performance, and woo the right-wing electorate with her acting skills.
In HBO’s world, Palin fed us slogans with a side of charm and we bought the story. To them, we are essentially a bunch of simple-minded voters who flocked to a charming performer. Interesting assessment from a crowd who fell for “hope,” “change,” and “yes we can,” no?
Hey Hollywood, project much?
Game Change paints Palin as a forgetful, unable-to-handle-the-pressure, unstable small-town lady who was way out of her intellectual league on the 2008 campaign trail. To be blunt, she is portrayed as an idiot.
There is just one small problem. You would have to know absolutely nothing about Palin’s record to buy HBO’s characterization.
The woman who ushered in ACES, AGIA and ethics reform is an idiot? The woman who was President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors and chairman of both the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) and the U.S.’s Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) is an idiot? The woman who managed a $14 billion budget as the CEO of Alaska is an idiot? The woman who made ExxonMobil blink is an idiot?
See HBO, we didn’t support Palin in ’08 because she said “drill, baby, drill.” We supported her because she had a record in Alaska of doing just that.
Palin wasn’t our “hope” and “change” candidate. Her words were backed up by what we call a record.
Julianne Moore, who I consider to be a pretty good actress overall, didn’t capture Palin in the least. Let’s put aside the fact that she sounded like she had her back teeth clenched for most of the film (couldn’t HBO afford an accent coach?), because there’s something much more important that Moore missed.
Not once did I see Palin’s ability to connect with a crowd, her charisma, her spunk, or her folksiness. What I saw, for the most part, were dead eyes, detached expressions and mannerisms, and a robotic, pre-programmed delivery that couldn’t be further from the real deal. Moore bordered on sounding drunk when attempting to mimic Palin’s small-town charm.
That tells me one thing—Moore never checked her bias at the door. So instead of trying to really capture Sarah Palin, she mimicked the media-contrived caricature we all know to be false.
As a side note, I would love to know how HBO “researched” those scenes where only Todd and Sarah were present. I think it’s safe to say that Todd wasn’t a source for the film. I guess those scenes were just part of HBO’s—you know—creative license.
I have long argued that you don’t ignore mainstream media and Hollywood agenda-driven “analysis.” Ignoring it allows false narratives to solidify and eliminates the possibility of setting historical records straight.
Instead of ignoring it, enter their world, call out the falsehoods, and take on the deceit with truth. If we stand by silently, the Left will control the narrative, will rewrite history, and will present conservative figures and their supporters as everything from dummies to racists to heaven knows what.
HBO, when it comes to Palin, I did my research. It’s a shame you didn’t.