Posted by: Donna
Just watched Game Change on HBO, which is excellent by the way and Julianne Moore nailed her part as Sarah Palin. The film was based on the book of the same title, which covered many aspects of the 2008 campaign besides McCain’s selection of Palin. The film producers certainly could have chosen the Clinton/Obama battle and done an equally compelling show. I’m glad they chose the segment of the epic 2008 campaign season that they did. As I watched the movie I was peeved that it portrayed McCain as a principled and decent man. Why are they going so easy on him? I don’t generally perceive him that way because I find so many of his positions to be repugnant. But the makers of the movie said the story was based on numerous interviews with people on the campaign, in addition to the material in the book. And they were focused on the characters and the story, not policy positions. As I reflect on the film I have to say that it feels true to recollections of my own of John McCain being, well, a decent guy in some pretty important ways back then. (Yes, there were also many times when he was not decent.) Two notable instances were the time on the campaign trail when McCain pushed back on a woman accusing Obama of being an “Arab” and his gracious concession speech on election night.
Let’s consider this year’s GOP Presidential field: Santorum has already proven he won’t challenge accusations that Obama is a Muslim and not a legitimate American. Gingrich has described the President as exhibiting “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior”. Ron Paul published racist and homophobic newsletters in the 90s because it made good business sense. And Mitt Romney is, well, Mitt Romney. So there you go.
2012 is a game change, for sure.
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