You have to wonder about people in politics who define themselves by their animosities. Some people seem to spend the better parts of their day obsessing about Sarah Palin and other right-wingers who figure prominently in their demonology. If you really hated this accomplished reformer, why would you want to subject yourself to seeing her picture every day on your wall calendar:
WTF stands for Winning the Future, right? We conservatives tend to put up Ronald Reagan Wall Calendars — not those mocking Jimmy Carter.
It’s not just the publishers of this wall calendar who obsess over the former Alaska Governor. As Byron York reported last month, “‘Game Change,’ the movie version of the 2008 campaign best-seller that premieres” next week on HBO, has a peculiarly Palin focus:
The book, by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, focused equally on the bitter contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the troubled McCain-Palin ticket that went down to defeat in November ’08.
But the movie is about just one topic: Sarah Palin. Director Jay Roach jettisoned most of the book’s riveting political story so he could focus on the tumultuous period in which John McCain chose the then-governor of Alaska as his running mate.
Despite a few positive touches, no one will be surprised to learn that “Game Change,” the movie, will present an overwhelmingly negative portrait of Palin.
Wonder if they’ll touch on her many accomplishments in her short tenure as Alaska governor. These wall posters in Hollywood pretty much give up the game:
The actors depicted above play respectively Sarha Palin, John McCain and McCain strategist Steve Schmidt. We see none of the characters playing any of the Democratic candidates — or their advisors. Maybe that’s because the script didn’t include them. The film’s IMDB page shows no characters named Obama, Clinton or Axelrod.
Interesting this choice to dwell on the characters the filmmakers dislike — and to exclude those they (likely) admire.