HBO Films' much-anticipated movie "Game Change" premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9pm. The movie follows the rise and fall of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign with Sarah Palin as his running mate. Ed Harris and Julianne Moore star as McCain and Palin. CNN and HBO are both owned by Time Warner.
Both McCain and Palin have criticized the movie, even though both have said they have not seen it. Palin's own SarahPAC has posted an official statement calling the movie "at best historical fiction," and has posted a rebuttal trailer.
Here are some of Sarah Palin's key moments from 2008. Bryan Monroe, Editor of CNNPolitics.com, offers his take on what these moments meant for the McCain-Palin ticket, and for politics.
In this first video, then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin makes her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Bryan says, “this was America’s introduction to the governor from Wasilla, Alaska. We didn’t know her, but many had an instant, and strong, reaction to her. We – and she –didn’t really know what was going to happen over the next three months of the campaign. But on this night, she shined.”
As the campaign progressed, Sarah Palin stumbled, as seen in an interview with Katie Couric. Bryan notes this moment was important: "Here, she was awkward and stumbling over some pretty basic questions from Couric. This was also part of the larger piece where she had trouble identifying which newspapers and magazines she reads. This was the first big moment when some Americans started to scratch their heads, wonder if this was such a good idea to have her a heartbeat away from the presidency.”
America embraced Tina Fey's portrayal of Mrs. Palin in comedy skits on "Saturday Night Live." As Bryan remembers these skits, “some would argue that Sarah Palin saved the 2008 season for 'Saturday Night Live.' Tina Fey played her spot-on and Palin took it all in good fun. But that moment where the two women in the red dresses passed each other… AWKWARD!”
On November 3, 2008, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivered her last speech to voters the night before election day. As Bryan notes, "this speech was certainly an indicator of things to come. A defiant Palin was clearly not ready to leave the political limelight, not yet. As we have seen since, she still had a whole lot more politicken’ left in her. No matter what people think of her, Sarah Palin has certainly changed the game of politics.”