'Game Change' Movie Was Terrible For Women in Politics

HBO's much anticipated movie Game Change aired Saturday night. The film, depicting the 2008 Presidential election and allegedly showing the "true" Sarah Palin and John McCain will probably end Palin's political ambitions once and for all. But was it a fair depiction of Palin and all her shortcomings?

If the film, which was adapted from the Mark Halprin and John Heilemann book of the same name, is telling the truth, then we came dangerously close to having a raving lunatic "one 72-year-old's heart beat" away from the White House. Because that is how the film depicted Palin: Stupid, mentally unstable and dangerously ignorant on all things relating to our national interest.

Even for those of us who don't like Palin anyway, the film was skewering. She did not know North Korea and South Korea were separate countries? If the film had been fiction, it would be hard to believe.

If the film is "historical fiction" as Palin says, then it is sexist in the extreme. Palin is depicted as being even more incapable and unintelligent than first assumed. She only cared about Alaska and how the state felt about her. More than that, she did not even know what the Fed was. And this woman could have been leading our country?

Further, the depictions of her mental instability were perhaps the most insulting of all. It is already so hard for women in politics to be taken seriously. In every realm. We are seen as hysterical, not as smart as men, too emotional and, worst of all, we are seen as "mommies." Palin got all that and more in the movie.

If the book, which was written by two men and almost entirely about men (except for one woman who was semi smart), is true, then fine. But if it is not, it is wrong.

One does not have to be a fan of Palin (I am not) or even think she is intelligent to see how bad it was for women. If the film's events are true, then McCain and his staff were cynical and sexist in their decision -- they wanted a woman on their campaign and did not care who she was, what she stood for or how smart she was. If not, then the book's writers were. Either way, women lose.

There ARE smart women in Washington and in politics. Nancy Pelosi and Hilary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice all come to mind. But Palin is not one of them. The more we focus on her and the more we understand the way she came into Washington, the more disgusted women should be with politics.

If the movie was true, we are hurt and if it wasn't, well then we are hurt then, too. Either way we lose.  We have a long, long way to go ladies.

Did you see Game Change? Did you think it was fair?


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nonmember avatar Leikyn

People will love this movie for the simple fact that they can continue to bash Sarah Palin. It's not clever, it's not funny, it's just sad. It doesn't matter whether or not a person likes her. It's bullying at it's finest. It's mean. It's nasty. And people will get off on it.

nonmember avatar OneDayOfPeace

I think it's so unfortunate that it's really an uphill battle for any woman to be taken seriously in politics. It's hard to believe anything about Sarah Palin since she has been such fodder for the media market. Each side pushing their own agenda, as always using people for their own means. It's unfortunate. I don't have this movie on my 'to watch' list and not sure if I want to.

Mamab... MamabearC

As someone who has never liked Palin I can honestly say I have absolutley no interest whatsoever in this movie or ANY movie that pertains to her. If is was all true then it wouldn't change my opinion of her(I TOLD you I don't like her) and if it was all false then it STILL wouldn't have changed my mind about her because I still dislike her policies more than anything.Which is why I didn't watch.They SHOULD be doing movies about the strong women now and in history who fought and are fighting for their place in a male dominated field of politics/government (ie, Sandra Day O'Connor)...women who were beaten and arrested in the sufferage movement...THOSE are movies I would watch and women I'd think were actually worth paying attention and looking up to....until she actually has anything to offer her party or our country, she should just go back to her hunting cabin.and stay there.'Forever' seems like a reasonable amount of time...

Kevin W. Clark

Psh...don't cry any tears or do any soul-searching for Sarah, she's a complete idiot.  She had to write the 3 essential tenants of her CORE BELIEFS on her HAND in order to remember them.  I can tell you right now, YEARS LATER, what Palin's beliefs, so compicated they had to be cribbed, were:

1. Energy
2. tax cuts
3. Lift the American spirit

...if you can't remember *that*, not only are you not qualified to be dog catcher, you are also pretty dim and less attentive than my 10 year old.  Sarah is a disgrace to women AND politics.  If you think Carribou Barbie was ready fro prime time, you're as clueless as she is.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

To give Sarah a (small) bit of credit on the Korea note, my understanding was that its not that she didn't know that there were two seperate countries, but she didn't know *why* there were two. Undoubtly, it is critical that someone who will be a national leader needs to understand the political history of world hotspots in order to conduct smart foreign policy, but I think she was aware that there are two seperate countries, but not how that came to be.

Todd Vrancic

I also will not be watching this movie.  Not a fan of Ms. Palin, but I think that they had an agenda.  That's not news, I think most if not all political movies have an agenda.  If I want political news, I watch the ACTUAL news.

Jill Bernstein

I saw it last night and I have to say they created Frankstiens Monster and god help us all the village idiots have not figured out to kill hit yet .. I think it brough up the way in which woman can do amazing things but they made he look and I always felt htis was out for her own glory and all other be damned

mumma... mummajenni

Is she still relevant? I wish the media would just stop giving her airtime, even negative coverage. It's pointless.

witch... witchkiss

Sarah Palin was terrible for women in politics.

Venae Venae

And the brilliant Obama thought we had 57 states.

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