"In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his rÉsumÉ, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth—or troubled in more serious ways?"The book is about four major political figures (well, five including Bill Clinton). The HBO movie Game Change is about one: Palin, Palin, Palin and Palin. It starts with her selection as McCain's running mate and ends with their presidential campaign loss. In other words, it only cares about McCain in his relationship to Palin. Had he not been her running mate, he too would have gotten the zero emphasis Barack Obama and the Clintons get.
"Starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris, HBO Films’ GAME CHANGE follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election."Byron York points out how odd this is. Instead of focusing at least equally on three people who today hold high public office (Obama, Clinton and McCain--with Obama even running for re-election as President)
". . . HBO decided to focus on an out-of-office, former half-term governor of Alaska who was on the losing ticket in the 2008 election and isn't running for anything today."*Why? The left loses its sanity when it comes to Palin. She lives rent free in their heads blocking out everyone else. Even the first black President and first woman presidential candidate from a major party aren't interesting enough to figure prominently in an adaptation of book in which they are more than half the story and Palin less than 1/5th (appearing in only 4 of 23 chapters).
"Everyone knows that Hollywood, the entertainment industry as a whole, and much of the liberal establishment all suffer from a continuing obsession with Palin. So in the end, it's no surprise HBO turned 'Game Change' into a Palin biopic."-----
UPDATE: *Palin was a game changer in the 2010 elections (with over 60%** of her endorsed candidates winning) and may be a game changer in the 2012 primaries and elections (cf. Gingrich's huge unexpected win in South Carolina after two great debate performances and Palin saying she would vote for him). She also was the most cheered speaker at the latest CPAC meeting, and is the only living Republican able to rally huge crowds of tens of thousands. For an in depth view of Palin's amazing success in 2-1/2 years as Alaska's governor see The Undefeated.
**The Washington Post which tracked Palin's endorsements in 2010 didn't bother to track Obama's or anyone else's endorsements. Hmm. But, Wapo did track the losing issues. Hmm #2.