Meghan McCain expects HBO movie to 'crucify' her family, Palin
April 1st, 2011
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Meghan McCain expects HBO movie to 'crucify' her family, Palin

Washington (CNN) – Add Meghan McCain to the list of those who are not looking forward to HBO's upcoming adaptation of "Game Change" - the 2009 book by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that provided an inside look into the last presidential race.

In her regular column Friday for the website The Daily Beast, McCain suggests she found the book itself reviling and says she expects the movie to "crucify" her family and Sarah Palin.

"I expect my family and Sarah Palin to be nothing short of crucified," the McCain daughter writes. "Another election is nearing and President Obama has publicly fallen from his stature as an infallible saint. It is in everyone's best interest to exaggerate and manifest things that didn't happen."

Meghan McCain has long taken issue with the best-selling book, insisting many of the behind-the-scenes stories of her father's failed presidential bid are either exaggerated or downright made up.
The movie is expected to focus on the book's largely-negative portrayal of the McCain campaign, especially the reportedly hasty decision to pick then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee.

John McCain himself also made clear earlier this week he has no intention of watching upcoming adaptation, in which actor Ed Harris will star as the Arizona Republican.

"He's a very fine actor and a great actor," McCain said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday of Harris. "I obviously haven't read the book, so I don't think I'll be watching the film."
In addition to Harris, actress Julianne Moore will play the role of Sarah Palin and Woody Harrelson will depict McCain's campaign manager, Steve Schmidt.

HBO is owned by Time Warner, CNN's parent company.

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  1. laura from willis

    So sorry, young lady, but, I do believe it's time you face REALITY. Your family and tag-along Sarah , in MY OPINION, seem to think that they are perfect. At 66 years old, I can honestly say, I have never, in quite some time, seen anything farther from the truth.
    What irritates me the most, is that we even continue to give them Press.
    Personally, I am tired of hearing your Daddy say what the President NEEDS to do.
    AND, Ms. Palin, well, she doesn't deserve my time. If we had wanted their opinions, or their SMARTS, would we NOT have elected Barack Obama, in the first place? Grow up, honey.

    April 1, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Andy

    "It is in everyone's best interest to exaggerate and manifest things that didn't happen."

    Kind of like the way the Republicans and every conservative news station in America have exaggerated everything about President Obaam? Funny how it's always lies and exaggerations when it's on the other foot, but "fair and balanced" when it comes to criticizing the president.

    April 1, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Mike

    McCain is a smart girl...however conflicted with massive amounts of brain washing and (made up) justification.

    April 1, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I'm humored by the people on here who believe that McCain beats obama if Caribou Barbie is not on the ticket. George W. Bush did in/ beat McCain in 2008, just like he did in 2000. Only difference was in 2000 it was concerted a Rove Production of character assassination in South Carolina that got McCain. In 2008 it was the results of the Bush Administration that did McCain in big time – pure and simple. Nor Republican was going to win that election; McCain was allowed to run in 2008 for the same reason Dole was allowed the top spot on the ticket in 1996 vs Clinton – no Republican was going to win that, either, so they let Dole finally have the top spot as the sacrificial lamb, etc., etc.

    Of course, it didn't help that he had an idiot as a running mate, either!

    April 1, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Qban1029

    Meghan McCain is by far the most sensible member of the Republican Party! Fiscally conservative and socially liberal/moderate. If she is the future of the party, this lifelong Democrat might consider switching sides.

    April 1, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Rdepontb

    Meghan,, Obama was never considered an "infallible saint" as you state. We knew there would be ups and downs-there always are with change. No one, frankly, expected the extreme harshness of the Cheney/Bush legacy; so yes, it is taking longer to get out from under that devil so that true change can finally be addressed. Obama never claimed to be a miracle worker, and we really just wanted a real person, intelligent and thoughtful and strong, as our President.

    There is nothing more you could have done for the McCain campaign once your father decided on Palin. HE will have that follow him forever, not you. And, truthfully, the public does not lump him in the same camp as Palin-in fact, they are polar opposites on things that matter to us. What we _would_ like for your father, is for him to retire and go enjoy his family and friends; he has certainly given more to his country than was ever asked of him. It is time.

    April 1, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. I. Knowthings

    Obama should never have been labeled an "infallible saint," which was probably more due to Fox News' constant criticizing of his supporters than anything else. I'm an Obama supporter because he's a prudent and mostly realistic politician, but anybody who denied that he's a politician is naive. Frankly, he won because he was the better choice AND because he didn't have Sarah Palin on his ticket. McCain has his own faults but we all know his biggest albatross was Palin.

    April 1, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Matt

    "It is in everyone's best interest to exaggerate and manifest things that didn't happen." That's funny coming from a Republican. Usually they exaggerate and manifest things. Remember how Bush's camp accused McCain of fathering a black baby back during the 2000 campaign when McCain beat Bush in the NH primaries? Rats eat there own.

    April 1, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Meghan is cool, and as big a Liberal as I am, I do not agree with these movies made, from JFK, to that travesty Fox wanted about the Clintons, to W, to this one...

    They are all 95% fiction, and if I want fiction I'll watch Star Wars, not a movie about a politician...

    April 1, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Jack

    Cable has The Kennedys and now Game Change. We must learn not to get our history/news from movies. I am not a fan of McCain/Palin but I'm sure it will be more entertaining than truthful. Oh well. Obama will have his faux biiopic sometime as well. It's America's addiction to TV and sensationalism.

    April 1, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Connie

    Welconme to the wonderful world of the Kennedy's and Clinton's. Put on your big girl panties and walk on.

    April 1, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Calvin Kimbugwe

    All the political craziness we see today,it is because of your father's choices! The Tea Party lunatics, radicalism is politics etc, it's because of your dad Meghan. So, whatever comes out of that movie, we the "small people" shall take it as the truth. Blame it on "old papa's" greed, to win the presidency at all costs. Thank God that he still has his senate seat!

    April 1, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. GoEffURSelf

    I love this line, "It is in everyone's best interest to exaggerate and manifest things that didn't happen." Riiiiiiight. Like the Republicans don't do this on a daily basis. Obama's nation of origin, death panels, a muslim president.....give me a break. My guess is that the book was bang on and she resents the fact that the truth got out.

    April 1, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. they call me "tater salad"

    The book itself isn't going to crucify anyone Meagan, all it will do is talk about what a bonehead your dad and his empty headed side-kick in the phony church lady costume were back in 2008..........It's not like there making it all up you dope!........... Boy, I guess the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree after all............ You should be happy your last name isn't Cheney!

    April 1, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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