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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, March 12, 2012

No change

There was a moment during Game Change that I almost felt sorry for Sarah Palin. But it passed.

Unlike the former Alaska governor, I waited to watch the HBO Films presentation before critiquing it. Julianne Moore made Tina Fey look like an amateur with her portrayal of Palin and Woody Harrelson was terrific as Steve Schmidt, an easier task since he is hardly a household name.

But back to my near sympathy. Moore was terrific in giving us a Palin overwhelmed by the tumult she had created, particularly as she attempted to cram knowledge in the aftermath of a disastrous interview with Katie Couric.

The McCain team looked like heartless bullies who tortured her by withdrawing access to her family until she learned her lessons, only to unleash the "real" Sarah by reuniting her with the brood --and turning her into an actress and not a candidate.

But alas, the "real" Sarah did emerge, a demagogue ready to play on the unfounded primal fears of Barack Obama that still drive the GOP electorate today.

That Palin is still around today, offering her narrow view of the world from the safe perch of Fox News and continuing to tweak the GOP establishment by vision of a brokered convention where she would ride to the rescue of a party about to be taken over by, shudder, moderates.

The film was far more entertaining that reality. After all, it ends with Palin and her narrow worldview vanquished.

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