Persiflage, on 12 March 2012 - 11:49 AM, said:
The film both shows you how incredibly disastrous running someone like Sarah Palin during a presidential campaign turned out to be, but it doesn't make you think McCain's campaign strategists and staff are stupid. It makes their choosing Palin as the VP choice completely understandable. It makes sense at the beginning.
Perhaps it does not make them look stupid (more on that in a second) but it does make them look hypocritical and disingenuous. Basically the one staffer comments pre-pick that McCain is running a "Country First" campaign and then picks a candidate who is not a country-first pick. McCain, on the phone with the man in charge of the vetting asks if Palin is ready to be president and the response is "no." (Actually it is that she won't be by January 20th, which is actually a more damning version of "no.") Yet he picks her anyway. It makes "sense" if by "sense" we mean only from a strategic, tactical point of view--and if the only goal is winning. Sarah Paulson's character confesses that she could not vote for the candidate she was working for. I don't mean this in a confrontational way, but, yes, I think that "stupid" is an apt adjective for running a candidate who has the best chance of winning but that you yourself don't think is qualified for the job.
That said, the film was more entertaining than I anticipated, though I was disappointed that it took the book and reduced it to a Sarah Palin story. One of the strengths of the book, in my opinion, is just how wretched John Edwards came off, which went a long way towards reminding us (if we needed reminding) that supporting a candidate you don't believe in is a hypocrisy not limited to one political party.
Edited by kenmorefield, 12 March 2012 - 02:25 PM.