On Big Hollywood: ‘Game Change’: Palin Breakdown Meme Crushed by Facts

Big Hollywood published an article that I wrote for them yesterday, wherein I noted though historical fact that the lie they’re selling America, that Governor Palin had some emotional breakdown and “might” be “mentally unstable,” is undeniably false. We, her supporters know that is an egregious lie on it’s face, but I wanted to prove it by using solid evidence, to the rest of the country:

At the 68 minute mark in the movie, the filmmakers show Palin (Julianne Moore) at a table with campaign staff going over material to prep for her debate against Joe Biden. The movie depicts Palin as being detached and unresponsive. She mutters to herself about missing her baby.

They want you to believe that she had a complete mental meltdown. Just like most of the movie, this simply isn’t true. As a matter of fact, it’s impossible. Keep in mind that at the beginning of that scene, the filmmakers stamp the bottom left-hand corner of the screen with the location and date they claim the events took place. It says “Philadelphia September 27.”

In the next scene, Mark Wallace (Ron Livingston) is talking to Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) and Rick Davis (Peter MacNicol) in a conference call about Mark’s concern Palin is “mentally unstable.” Wallace claims she “constantly slips into these catatonic stupors.” He also says that “the debate is in five days.”

So, considering that the real Vice Presidential Debate between Palin and Biden took place on October 2nd, they claim this conversation also took place on September 27th. Next scene, cut to a shot of Palin in her bathrobe, losing it, laying on the floor in her hotel room with note-cards scattered all around…

According to the makers of “Game Change,” Palin spent Sept. 27, 2008 losing her mind while prepping for the upcoming debate with campaign staff, and then in a “catatonic stupor” in her hotel room later that evening. But according to Peter Hamby, the real Palin was actually taking questions in a Philadelphia restaurant:

Sarah Palin partook in an established political ritual on Saturday night when she headed to Tony Luke’s in south Philadelphia to order a pair of cheesesteaks with whiz and onions.

But as the kitchen sizzled and orders were barked out, Palin found herself talking politics, calling McCain’s debate performance “awesome” and taking questions from a voter about the hunt for terrorists in Pakistan.

This is actual video from the date that “Game Change” portrayed Palin as having her “meltdown.” Does this look like a woman who spent the better part of the day “slipping into catatonic stupors?”

The next morning, the real Palin met with Blue Star Moms at a downtown Philadelphia coffee house:

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin met Sunday with a group of military mothers at a downtown eatery,  the third day of a swing through this Democratic stronghold.

The Alaska governor, along with her 14-year-old  daughter, Willow, spent about 45 minutes sipping a skinny white chocolate mocha and talking privately with four women whose children are serving in the military overseas.

Palin’s son, Track, 19, is deploying for service in Iraq.

As they sat at a table at Di Bruno Bros. gourmet food shop, one of the women, Julie Devitt, got a call from her son, Glen, who deployed to Iraq with the Army in December. She handed the  phone to Palin, who spoke with the sergeant briefly.

Also, the night before the phony mental breakdown, the real Palin attended a Presidential debate watching party at an Irish Pub:

Fresh off an afternoon jog along the Schuylkill River, Sarah Palin stopped by a debate watching party at The Irish Pub on Walnut Street in downtown Philadelphia. It was an invite-only event that pulled in about 450 McCain supporters who had been drinking and eating for several hours  before the candidate arrived (around 7:20PM EST). It was Palin’s first campaign stop in Philadelphia this cycle.

How do the makers of “Game Change” explain the fact that Palin was (according to their sources) losing her mental grasp, yet at the same time, attending campaign events and talking to the press? People who are truly mentally ill and “constantly falling into catatonic stupors” cannot turn off their symptoms to take questions from CNN…

HBO didn’t cover those Philadelphia campaign events in their movie. They also didn’t cover much of the 2008 economic collapse, which the McCain campaign was dealing with on and around the date of September 27th. In fact, per Schmidt’s advice, McCain suspended his campaign on September 24th.The weekend that Palin was in Philadelphia studying and drinking coffee with military moms, the leadership of the McCain camp was having its own meltdown.

In October of 2008, The New York Times wrote an article detailing the McCain campaign’s response to the financial crisis. They wrote (emphasis):

On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 24, John McCain convened a meeting in his suite at the Hilton hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Among the handful of campaign officials in attendance were McCain’s chief campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt, and his other two top advisers: Rick Davis, the campaign manager; and Mark Salter… The meeting was to focus on how McCain should respond to the crisis — but also, as one participant later told me, “to try to see this as a big-picture, leadership thing.”

Schmidt pushed for going all in suspending the campaign, recommending that the first debate be postponed, parachuting into Washington and forging a legislative solution to the financial crisis for which McCain could then claim credit… Schmidt and others convinced McCain that it was worth the gamble…

Schmidt evidently saw the financial crisis as a “true character” moment that would advance his candidate’s narrative. But the story line did not go as scripted. “This has to be solved by Monday,” Schmidt told reporters that Wednesday afternoon in late September, just after McCain concluded his lengthy meeting with his advisers and subsequently announced his decision to suspend his campaign and go to Washington.

McCain failed to deliver the performance that had been promised. Of course, this was no mere movie. America was in crisis…

Steve Schmidt had advised McCain to “go in all the way” on the financial crisis so as to reveal his candidate’s true character. But given a chance to show what kind of president he might be, McCain came off more like a stymied bystander than a leader who could make a difference. Judging by the polls, the McCain campaign has yet to recover.

By the time the September 28th rolled around, the day Schmidt met up with Palin in Philadelphia, everyone knew what a colossal mistake the McCain campaign had made by suspending its operation. Barack Obama came off looking sober in comparison, and the media has touted him as having a “calm demeanor” ever since…

The movie depicts this in a scene as though Palin’s diet was contributing to her “catatonic” mental state. But in reality, Schmidt was the one losing it. He was in panic mode after witnessing the results of his bad advice, and he turned his focus to obsessing over Palin’s diet.

Here was a guy totally in over his head who had just made the biggest miscalculation of his career. The campaign that he was in charge of was having its own crisis, and he knew the decision that he made was the main reason for that. In order to avert having his own professional crisis, he decided it was time to throw someone under the bus. And under the bus Palin went.

You can read the entire piece here.

Also, check out John Nolte’s new article about the memo leaked to Politico yesterday, titled “‘Game Change’ Explained?: Bombshell ’08 Memo Details Plan to Save Steve Schmidt.”



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