Mar 12, 2012

Did you watch 'Game Change' on HBO this past Saturday? Well I did and let's just say I found it to be quite compelling. The movie was based upon the book by the same name that was written by Mark Halperin.

The movie, as well as the book, supposedly to gives the behind the scenes play-by-play of the McCain Presidential campaign after McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate. Now you know how I feel about these types of books especially when the key players of the book are not interviewed. I can't be mad at Jodi Kantor for her book on 'The Obamas' and then turn around and applaud a book about Sarah Palin. You know, that would kinda, sorta make me a hypocrite and you know I'm definitely not that...LOL!

Well, a lot of people are not happy with how Mrs. Palin is being protrayed in the movie, but to refute those claims McCain's senior campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt, who was also a key player in the book and movie, went on MSNBC "Morning Joe' to defend the accuracy of the movie.

“I think it was very accurate,” Schmidt acknowledged. “For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It gave you a little bit of PTSD at times. It did for me.But, look, I think it’s a story of when cynicism and idealism collide. When you have to do things necessary to win, to try to get in office to do the great things you want to do for the country and I think it showed a process of vetting that was debilitated by secrecy, that was compartmentalized, that failed, that led to a result that was reckless for the country and I think when you look back at that race, you see this person who is just so phenomenally talented at so many levels, an ability to connect but also someone who had a lot of flaws as someone running, you know, to be in the national command authority who clearly wasn’t prepared.”

“When a result happens that puts someone who is not prepared to be president on the ticket, that’s a bad result,” Schmidt added. “I think the notion of Sarah Palin being President of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly. And I played a part in that. And played a part in that because we were fueled by ambition to win. And I think that ambition to win, to victory is what drives people in politics. It is a chess match in a lot of ways, but that result in how we got there is something that troubles me a lot.”

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