The movie “Game Change,” based on the book that detailed the 2008 campaign, will be on HBO this week. Apparently, it depicts Sarah Palin as a narcissistic, petulant, moron who curls up in a fetal ball when under stress. In other words, it confirms the biases of the authors, filmmakers, and presumably most of those who will watch the film. (read)
Palin’s a strong, conservative woman. She can deal with another hit job. A bigger problem is the hatchet that authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin — both liberal opinion writers — took to Elizabeth Edwards, the late wife of presidential candidate, and universal cad, John Edwards. Long before cancer finally took her life, Ms. Edwards had to deal with a book, ”Game Change,” that cast her, as such: ”What the world saw in Elizabeth: A valiant, determined, heroic every-woman. What the Edwards insiders saw: An abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazy-woman.”
In the book, “Game Change,” Elizabeth Edwards, as well as Palin, and Hillary Clinton, were gleefully coated with grime, the result of cowardly ex-staffers speaking mostly on deep background. One can’t determine if the charges are true from reading “Game Change.” Footnotes and on-the-record interviews were not part of the book. (Read) Instead, what you have is a vicious portrayal of a slowly dying woman whose husband has cheated on her. (Read) The memory of Ms. Edwards deserved better than a bad supporting role in an unsourced political book that was gossipy good fun for both the colonels and corporals of the culturally elite.