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The Religious Paranoia of “Game Change”

About a month ago, I posted a widely-published AP photograph of Rick Santorum praying with a large group of pastors inside a Texas church and suggested that the picture probably owed its currency to the fact that it made its media distributors squirm in their chairs.

The elite media have a blind spot on religion so large that it might as well be a black hole. As a consequence, even the most familiar expressions of Ch…

  1. Duane Oyen

    You can only imagine how shrill they would be if they made a film about Belmont playing against Georgetown. 

  2. Troy Senik, Ed.

    You’re an evil, evil man, Duane.

    While it doesn’t come close to my loyalty to Belmont, my time in D.C. actually made me a Georgetown basketball fan too. So I’m just happy that at least one of them will actually get out of the first round this year. Go Bruins.

    Duane Oyen: You can only imagine how shrill they would be if they made a film about Belmont playing against Georgetown.  · 6 minutes ago

  3. Mel Foil

    In Hollywood, complete sexual freedom is what passes for good manners, and leftwing political conformity is what passes for freedom.

  4. No Caesar

    From the book and the 2008 post-mortem’s, it appears that Steve Schmidt was a big problem.  He seemed to be more concerned with his image than the success of his candidates, blaming everyone else but him.   One gets the distinct impression that he actively dislikes social conservatives and other elements of the base.  If the portrait painted of him is accurate, I hope he’s not on any GOP campaign staffs, otherwise they’re doubling down on trouble. 

  5. Mel Foil
    No Caesar: From the book and the 2008 post-mortem’s, it appears that Steve Schmidt was a big problem.  He seemed to be more concerned with his image than the success of his candidates, blaming everyone else but him.   One gets the distinct impression that he actively dislikes social conservatives and other elements of the base.  If the portrait painted of him is accurate, I hope he’s not on any GOP campaign staffs, otherwise they’re doubling down on trouble.  · 4 minutes ago

    In retrospect, Schmidt and Wallace, in my Rush judgement, were flukes. Complete flukes.

  6. Keith Preston

    Thanks Troy.  This is as perceptive an analysis as I have seen so far.  The funny thing is, they seem to ignore that, in a republic, the majority, within the law, will rule.

    How they can continue to insult their audience and demean the voters who will choose the next government continues to astonish me.  They need to get outside of their Coastal bubble.  My hope is that the voters will give the liberal elites ANOTHER serious electoral spanking.

  7. The Mugwump

    liberal-college-girl.jpgHat tip:  moonbattery.com

  8. Except for a couple of scenes (perhaps most notably, Nicole Wallace sobbing that she couldn’t vote for Palin) , the movie pretty closely followed the book it was based on.  

    Palin has used the “my dad was a science teacher” line in many speeches, so I don’t doubt that she said it to Schmidt. Also, I did not interpret the “it’s God’s plan” scene the way you did. For me, it played (both in the movie and the book),  that she believed everything happened for a reason.

    I thought overall, the portrayal of Sarah Palin was basically fair. The film also did a good job of pointing up the unique issues that a female national candidate has to deal with. I did not feel Palin was portrayed as a diva — more someone who gained confidence in her abilities and her importance to the campaign as the process evolved and expressed her will. 

    But my biggest takeaway from the movie was that Steve Schmidt should never, ever be allowed to run a campaign again. That said, I thought Harrelson was terrific in the role. I’m sure he will be nominated for an Emmy. 

  9. MBF

    “Just Say No to Theocracy: Defeat Obama in 2012!”

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  10. David Williamson
    Troy Senik, Ed.

    “Game Change” aimed to be a definitive portrayal of the 2008 election. Instead, it turned out to be a definitive portrayal of those who made the film. 

    No surprise there, then.

  11. Diane Ellis
    C
    Blue Yeti:

    Also, I did not interpret the “it’s God’s plan” scene the way you did. For me, it played (both in the movie and the book),  that she believed everything happened for a reason.

    That’s exactly how Troy interpreted it, isn’t it?  But Schmidt’s character seemed to respond as though it was ludicrous and insane.

  12. Diane Ellis, Ed.

    That’s exactly how Troy interpreted it, isn’t it?  But Schmidt’s character seemed to respond as though it was ludicrous and insane. · 4 minutes ago

    That was straight from the book. 

  13. Give Me Liberty

    As Blue Yeti suggest, I have no doubt that the reactions to Palin’s comments were accurate.  McCain tried to convince Republicans that he was a Reaganite while often running to the left. 

    The term RINO was practically invented for McCain  and his cohorts.  That doesn’t mean that your arguments about the movie aren’t accurate,Troy.  It just means that the McCain campaign is as out of step with the majority of this country as is Hollywood. 

    And the left does see McCain as a kindly near sighted geezer because they agree with him quite often they just don’t understand his affiliation with the Republican Party.

  14. Diane Ellis, Ed.

    Blue Yeti:

    Also, I did not interpret the “it’s God’s plan” scene the way you did. For me, it played (both in the movie and the book),  that she believed everything happened for a reason.

    That’s exactly how Troy interpreted it, isn’t it?  But Schmidt’s character seemed to respond as though it was ludicrous and insane. · 24 minutes ago

    I think it was yet another scene that pointed up the horrible job Schmidt and his team did of vetting Palin. They clearly had no idea who she was or what her core beliefs were.

  15. Troy Senik, Ed.

    My thoughts exactly, Liberty.

    Give Me Liberty: As Blue Yeti suggest, I have no doubt that the reactions to Palin’s comments were accurate…

    That doesn’t mean that your arguments about the movie aren’t accurate,Troy.  It just means that the McCain campaign is as out of step with the majority of this country as is Hollywood. 

  16. Trace

    Great post as usual Troy, but I particularly wanted to note the excellent use of the word regnant.

  17. Guruforhire

    Things like this movie, really seem to stretch, in my mind, the limits of fair comment.  Does this movie have a point beyond defamation?

  18. Duane Oyen

    It ends up being the tale of two Steves.  Schmidt vs. Biegun.

  19. The King Prawn

    If they didn’t show her handling snakes while speaking in tongues and dancing spastically around a fire at an outdoor church service then they restrained themselves.

  20. Gus Marvinson: Blue Yeti: “I thought overall, the portrayal of Sarah Palin was basically fair.”

    In the same way that a surgeon amputating the wrong leg is basically fair. At least he got a leg and not an arm, right? · 59 minutes ago

    Eh….no.

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