Palin tries to pass as a credible VP in ‘Game
“Game Change” (Saturday, 8 p.m., HBO) expertly
dramatizes a crazy moment in American history:
Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running
mate in the 2008 presidential election. The
sagging McCain (Ed Harris) needs a “game-changer”
to compete with charismatic Barack Obama, and
campaign strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson)
convinces himself that Palin (Julianne Moore)
checks all the right boxes.
Schmidt wants Palin so much that he fails to
vet her thoroughly, paving the way for the debacle
we all remember. When the campaign crashes and
burns, she blames everyone but herself. “How
the flip did this happen?” she demands, with
Moore nailing the nasty note under her chirpy
From this description, you might get the idea
that “Game Change” comes to bury Sarah Palin.
In fact, it bends over backwards to humanize
her, and the movie is as fair as it can be while
letting the facts speak for themselves.
And those facts, it must be said, are devastating.
By election day, even McCain adviser Nicolle
Wallace (Sarah Paulson) can’t bring herself
to vote for the ticket after spending three
months with Palin. McCain’s team can only survey
the wreckage and wonder how the “flip” they
allowed it to happen.
‘America’s Next Top Model’
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (CW)
The new season pits British models against
American models. The women are split into teams
by country, and the chauvinism gets pretty gross.
I think the show wants us home-team fans to
jump up and shout “Go American models!”
As always, the judges make ludicrous pronouncements
with an air of authority. “She’s a blank canvas!”
exclaims Kelly Osbourne, intending to compliment
one of the Americans.
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time
shouting “Go blank canvas!” CV