I remember back in 1981, when I started working for the local Cablevision franchise and got to watch HBO for the first time. I thought it was soooo cool. I was 22 and was so caught up in the rapture of having the ability to watch movies at home that I went to Radio Shack and bought a stereo tuner to hook up between my stereo and the “slide” cable box, in order to have movie theater-style sound at home.
You need to remember, back then, computer work was done on Apple 2E computers with VisiFile and VisiCalc programs, and the computer handling all of the customer information took up a whole sterilized, pressurized room.
Back then, watching HBO was enjoyable…and nonpolitical.
Now, they are nothing more than a Liberal propaganda machine. For example, there’s the obnoxious Real Time with Bill Maher, where the unfunny, shrieking, washed-up, Liberal comedian interviews other unfunny, shrieking Libs about how stupid Conservatives are.
And now, HBO presents this made-for-Cable masterpiece:
At today’s TCA panel on HBO’s movie Game Change [which premieres March 10th], director/executive producer Jay Roach said he tried to get Sarah Palin’s cooperation for the film about the 2008 presidential election, which is based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. “On behalf of the (film), I wrote a long letter explaining that I thought it would ‑‑ we would just do better at getting the story right if she would talk to us,” said Roach, also the director of HBO’s Recount, about the 2000 presidential race. “And I got a very quick email back from her attorney saying, ‘I checked. She declines.’ So I took that as, you know, the final answer.” Still, Game Change writer Danny Strong (who also penned Recount) said he was able to interview 25 people connected with the 2008 campaign. He did not get John McCain or his speechwriter Mark Salter but said, “I got everybody else, including people who are not portrayed in the film.”
Strong called Game Change nonpartisan and added that Republican politicians were very receptive to Recount (“James Baker threw us a premiere,” he said). Although the book focuses on the entire campaign, including much material on the Obamas, the movie focuses on Palin. Strong and Roach said the choice made sense for the movie because Palin’s rise from political obscurity was one of the great political stories of all time. Julianne Moore plays Palin, Ed Harris plays McCain and Woody Harrelson plays McCain’s campaign chief Steve Schmidt. The actors appeared on the panel today with Strong, while Roach was onscreen via satellite. Moore said she hired a voice coach to help her achieve Palin’s distinct speech patterns. When asked whether playing the controversial politician changed her opinion about the former Alaska governor, Moore said: “I have a profound respect for the historical nature of her candidacy.” Harrelson cracked that “he became a Republican” in the process of researching the role.
During the session, Strong said that the movie’s point is to examine how politics is intersecting with entertainment. “A USA Today story referred to the Republican primaries as American Idol,” he said. “It doesn’t matter, it’s ephemera, you are supposed to forget the next day.” After the panel, Strong told Deadline that the recent Republican debates have set the scene for Game Change to be appreciated. “The debates perfectly express what the film is about — seeing the electoral process become a reality,” he said. “Celebrity is more important than the issues, we wait for the candidates to be voted off the island. I think the 2008 campaign was the birth of that.” Asked whether he would have been as willing to take on a Democrat, Strong said: “Absolutely. I was dying to do the John Edwards movie, but Aaron Sorkin swooped in and bought up the rights.”
New York Daily News film critic David Hinckley summed it up perfectly: “It’s not a particularly flattering portrayal.”
It has been a long time since I’ve seen a political figure attacked by both the opposite political party and their own, with the ferocity of the attacks that have been launched against Sarah Palin.
Here’s some of the things I remember that the critics said about the last guy:
“He’s a B-movie actor who should have stuck with making movies with a chimp.”
“He’s a doddering old man who would be a total disaster as president.”
“He will never accomplish anything in the field of foreign affairs.”
“He’s just too old.”
Of course, I’m referring to the greatest president in our lifetime, Ronald Wilson Reagan.
What did this “old man” accomplish?
Well, immediately after he was sworn in, he got the American hostages released in Iran.
Carter left office with hostages in Iran, an inflation rate of 12%, unemployment 11%, and a prime interest rate of 21%. Reaganomics – including tax cuts, tax reform and reduction in welfare – brought down all three in record time. Reagan then guided America through Black Monday, the greatest single day loss and crash of the stock market. (And we did not lose our Credit Rating.)
He deregulated the airline industry, including breaking the air traffic controllers union, and deregulated transportation.
His presidency oversaw the creation of 15 million new jobs.
He rebuilt the nation’s military.
His strong foreign policy was built upon the important axiom: “Trust But Verify.”
He is credited with bringing down the Soviet Union, along with the Berlin Wall, through forcing them to over spend on their military and through intelligent, unyielding diplomacy.
President Ronald Reagan restored America’s faith in government, relieved fears, and made America strong and proud again. He also restored America’s place as the leader of the Free World.
If Gov. Palin wishes to continue in a national leadership role, she needs to take her cue from President Reagan, who was famous for communicating directly to the American people.
For instance, she could publish blogs on Facebook, and, maybe, be a pundit on the leading cable news network.