Meghan McCain expects HBO movie to 'crucify' her family, Palin
April 1st, 2011
12:14 PM ET
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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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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Billy

    Meghan needs to dump the GOP. Why give a party your loyalty when it doesn't represent anything you believe in? You certainly won't change it and you just clump yourself into the ignorant tea party masses.

    April 1, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. lgny

    The PBS American Experience series has done the best, most balanced, biographies of our recent presidents and presidential candidates. It's ironic that the Conservatives want to de-fund it since they are much better than these cable docu-dramas.

    April 1, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Northbayteky

    Oh boo hoo. The Republican party and their staunch followers have been playing the exaggeration and negativity cards for years. When the shoe is on the other foot it doesn't feel so good, does it?

    April 1, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. rusty155

    Your Dad would Have won If he didn't pick Saran Palin as his Vice President. You have say your self Saran Palin Is UNQUALIFIED for any Public office and be side that she a IDIOT. I wish your Dad had pick someone else or I would have voted for him.

    April 1, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    No one with critical thinking will buy into another HBO hatchet job. They employ that moron Bill Maher. Unfortunately there are a lot of stupid Americans which explains Barack Obama.

    April 1, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Dan J

    The producers (are you listening, Time Warner and CNN?) clearly have an agenda, otherwise they would have adopted their oen screenplay based on facts.
    People are not stupid, as Meghan McCain points out; they know Obama isnt the saint they thought he was. I am predicting this will backfire big time. As an independent, this clear media bias makes me lean a lot more towards th republican side

    April 1, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Movies are pure entertainment, and have little resemblance to any real life facts. The only people who might be influenced, are the youth, who are too naive to understand there is little truth in movies.

    April 1, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. ACE

    All I know is that Julianne Moore just needs to dumb it down alot and play the part of Palin like Rain man or Forrest Gump.

    April 1, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Oh boo hoo. Try tuning into FOX News and Conservative Talk Radio, Meghan, and get the FULL picture of what exaggeration and manifestation is like 24/7, day after day, month after month, year after year.

    April 1, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. needNewGov

    Unfortunately, the truth hurts sometimes. Especially in McCains' election debacle.

    April 1, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Jake

    so in other words, she's afraid of too many truths coming out???

    April 1, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. RG

    "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."
    So this must be a pre-emptive crucifixtion. This just goes to show how easy it is prove hypocrisy.

    April 1, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Palin Power

    This country NEEDS President Sarah Palin! She will have this HBO show pulled off the air for it is BLASPHEMY and SACRILEGE!

    April 1, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. ConservaFascists

    I hope the movie does crucify the McCain campaign. They played a dirty game of politics and I hope the movie depicts that.

    April 1, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. johnRJ08

    Meghan, I don't think HBO wants to "crucify" anybody. The fact is, your father and his choice of running-mate has not made your family look like the sharpest knives in the kitchen. You know that your father accepted a totally inadequate and unprepared vice-presidential running-mate who would have been a heart-beat from the presidency if he had won. Many Americans saw that as the height of irresponsibility and a shameless political ploy. Frankly, it scared the hell out of a lot of Americans. When you add in the subsequent divisiveness that Palin unleashed on our political discourse, you have to understand how angry many of us are with your father. His refusal to accept any responsibility for this and his continued endorsements of Palin only add fuel to the fire. So, if HBO takes a few shots at your father, a majority of Americans will think that they are well deserved.

    April 1, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Pam

    Awwww.... I feel for you.....NOT!

    April 1, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Seattle Sue

    I have not seen this movie yet, but if the shoe fits wear it.

    April 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. jamarsu

    Since when deos Sarah Palin earn the title of someone on the receiving end of Blasphemy and Sacrilege. Is she the second coming?

    April 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    Well I guess now she'll be back to being the darling of the GOP since she is criticising this movie. As to being crucified, that walking and talking virus that your father unleashed is the worst thing to happen to US politics in decades and you Meghan have said so yourself. If the tighties don't like it, do one of your OWN movies. I bet you could get some actor to play Obama, (likely a white actor in b-- face since the GOP is devoid of any kind of diversity whatsoever

    April 1, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Alex

    Sucks to be on the wrong side of history, huh?

    April 1, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Dennis

    HBO is so liberal, that is a surprise?

    April 1, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. AEJ

    Meghan is afraid that her father's leadership skill will be questioned. For her father to have chosen such a dumb, stupd candidate as Sarah Palin, for the sole purpose of getting the women's votes, or at the time as they were called "the disaffected Hilliary women supporters" – then why wouldn't Americans questioned John's intellectual capacity? To this day John McCain is regretting he chose such a stupid woman and since then he has lost his own credibility. The truth MUST come to light!!!

    April 1, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Why should she "expect" that happen? Most of their words are a matter of public record that there are proud of. Right? I love Big John for what he has sacrifiiced for our country.

    Maybe. Maybe, there are some things not to so proud about. I have no doubt that '08 campaign went through some growing pains. It felt a bit artificial to me, as far as the character images that they were trying to paint of themselves. And, lets's be honest. Palin really didn't help. Whatever she added, it was rather abruptly taken away and then some.

    Big John didn't impress me with his "put the campaigns on hold" idea either.

    April 1, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    Well let's see, John McCain:
    1. Really hammered it home with "drill baby, drill." Then next year we had the gulf oil rig disaater.
    2. Said that we ought to build more nuclear power plants and that they were safe. How does that translate into Japanese?
    3. Said American troops would find Afghanistan a cakewalk after Iraq. He should have asked the Brits and the Russians first.
    5. Voted against several bill that would have given extra funding aimed at helping our Vets. Attaboy John, you're some hero!
    and (I've saved the best for last)
    6. Meekly accepted the conservatives foisting Sarah Palin onto the 2008 ticket and into the national limelight. She hasn't stopped talking since. Would have been nice if she said something though.
    Sounds to me like he ought to be savaged and maybe Meghan ought to consider herself a victim of friendly fire.

    April 1, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Sorry, Meghan, but you have no one to blame but your dad. At one time, he was a man of principle (back in 2000 when he really did stand up to his party), but he caved long ago, including sucking up to Jerry Falwell and getting into bed with Karl Rove, the man behind the robocalls accusing your father of having a Black child out of wedlock (your adopted step-sister from Bangladesh).

    It all culminated with your dad once again letting his ambitions compromise his principles and better sense by allowing Karl Rove to pick Palin as his running mate.

    While it may feel like a "crucifixion," it's just really the sad truth about your father and what he has done to himself and, in the case of letting loose the Quitta from Wasilla, what he has done to our country.

    April 1, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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