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?
previously portrayed another U.S. Senator, the fictional Hugh Hathaway, in the political comedy Running Mates
(1992), where Harris's character was also running for President. See more
John McCain's headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia, though when his staff are watching Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric pizza boxes from Fresh Brothers, a Southern California chain, are visible. See more
[during the opening of the debate when Biden and Palin greet each other
Why - why is the mic on?
No, no, no, it's cool. They're gonna think it's some kind of Machiavellian Jedi power-play.
Written by Beth Hart
and Glen Burtnick
Performed by Jo Dee Messina
Courtesy of Curb Records See more