Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake?
Politics would never be the same.
Did You Know?
In the beginning of the film, a reporter asks, "Can a soufflé rise twice?" This was a famous quote by the Australian Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating
, about the opposition Australian Liberal Party politician Andrew Peacock
, who was making a second attempt to gain the leadership of his party in the 1980s. See more
A key scene has Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) is lecturing Sarah Palin, telling her that in the history of the Republic, a vice presidential candidate has never given an election night concession speech. In fact, in 1984, Geraldine Ferraro, the only other female vice presidential candidate on a major-party ticket, did give a concession speech at the New York Hilton, saying: "I want first of all to congratulate President Reagan, and I have just telephoned Vice President Bush to convey my best wishes to him as well. They ran a skillful, spirited campaign and today they have achieved an impressive victory." See more
Still think she's fit for office?
Aw, who cares. In forty-eight hours no one will even remember who she is.
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