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? Written by
Politics would never be the same.
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The film was made and first released and broadcast about two years after its source book of the same name by Mark Halperin
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When Rick Davis was Google searching for a female VP candidate, he typed the letter "J" See more
John is getting slammed for making an irresponsible choice!
We picked her.
No, *you two* picked her and then slapped her on the butt and shoved her out there under a banner saying "Country First"!
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