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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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. bj123

    "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.

    You mean like MSNBC, Olbermann, Mathews, etc

    April 1, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Lolo

    No Obama is not a saint neither is the republican /tea partiers. He just takes his time to think things through which the right needs to take a lesson from. All you people care about are yourselves. Get a grip on life. I will say this again the only reason you are against Obama is because he is black. You can deny it all you want, but your true colors come thorugh every single day and quit trying to dumb down America. McCain deserves everything that he gets for trying to out fox the American people with the dodo bird Palin. The dodo bird has shown everyone how stupid she and her followers are.

    April 1, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. John

    "Crucity" – talk about playing a card there. Perhaps your father should have used his long respected wisdom and good judgement and Not picked that brainless harpy of a running-mate. I'm a liberal and I had such little confidence in Obama to pull through on his promises, I would have considered a McCain vote if not for Palin being one step away from the presidency.

    April 1, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Crucify may not be a correct choice but when it is not complementary, there may be a reason.
    Maybe John's comments and decisoins over the past 5 years will have something to do with the portrayal.
    As for Palin- there only one good thing that can be said about ehr- she is an attractive woman. Other than that, her actions, words and deeds have not serviced anyone except the extreme right. and that helped no one.

    April 1, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. whoa!

    @johnRJ08.. right on sir... and to Meghan: Actually, you will probably come off looking pretty good, based on everything I know about you and what you believe. As a progressive, I truly admire your intellect and position on many issues on which you speak. I just have one question you: "what in the hell are you doing in the Republican Party"? They are sooooo backwards, out of touch with reality, and only interested in helping a very small group of people and their corporate friends acquire more and more power and wealth. I would say dear, that in that respect, you are having a perpetual blonde moment. You have too many smarts and heart to be trapped in that cesspool of hatred and anger known as the GOP... you're soooo much better than that and its doubtful that you can really have any meaningful impact with your ideas and passion while you swim in that smelly pool with them.... "Come towards the light, Meghan"

    April 1, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. julie

    I've read the book and I don't think anyone will come off as bad as Palin. The thing about McCain was he let the GOP plotters and planners talk him into Palin when he really knew nothing about her. She was never properly vetted as we all could tell. The Dems took some hits in the book, too, but their part was smaller because Palin was the drama.

    April 1, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Judy

    Thank you for your articulate statement. I wish more people would respond truthfully, but with respect.

    April 1, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Alex

    Why didn't Faux News make a mockumentary about the Maverick and his little lady Palin. I am sure they would have come out complete intellectual saints!

    April 1, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. marylou

    face it. The people that you think like you are only using you since you like to bad mouth the GOP. You and your family deserve it especially your two face father.

    April 1, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. david arkman

    Meghan, your dad was an IDIOT for choosing Palin. That's reason enough to make a movie, lies or not, it will justly show the public the sheer stupidity of your dad's campaign!

    April 1, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Tom

    Got news for you Dan J, EVERYONE has an agenda. If you think you see a media bias against Republicans you
    clearly are not watching FOX news.

    April 1, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Flipper

    The fact that HBO is a left-wing channel, and Harris & Harrelson are left-wing nut jobs, ensures that this movie will have no credibility at all.

    So I'm waiting for the Kennedy's mini-series to be shown. What? It won't be broadcast?

    April 1, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Kris

    Sorry Megan! I don't have bitter feelings toward you or your mother (except that you drank the cool-aid w/other Republicans/Tea Bag party members) but your dad made the classic Republican Mistake. He let the wolf into the house and then wonder why it ate you. Republicans make that mistake over and over. Tea Party, Right Wing Christian Nut Jobs, Big Business???? Any of that ring a bell?

    April 1, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. ozwest

    Exaggeration? The GOPs symbol of exaggeration is Karl Rove. Twist it up, call it anything you want. That's their agenda and so far, it has done the job that the GOP wanted.

    "Family values" = John Ensign, Larry Craig, etc., who do the exact opposite of the real meaning.

    "Smaller government" = spend money on only religious right wing campaigns; anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, anti-middle America, anti-jobs, anti-union. Selectively enforce laws that only benefit large corporations, and corrupt financial insitutions.

    Yeow, that's the GOP for ya. Have some if you are that stupid. . . .

    April 1, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Sam

    Of course it will be a hatchet job. Who but liberal trash watches HBO?

    April 1, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. David

    McCain deserves to be crucified... had he not picked Palin the Pinhead, he might very well have won the presidency.

    One appears to be mentally unbalanced and one is a blithering idiot.

    April 1, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. anonymous

    Who cares what Meghan McCain says? She's completely irrelevant.

    April 1, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. drp

    Why is it that Republicans and Tea-Partiers always believe that everyone is out to get them?

    April 1, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Mona

    What goes around, comes around!

    April 1, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. a6102658

    Meghan, You need to loose the GOP shackles, you are definitely a middle of road type when it comes to ideologies.
    It is hard to associate you and your father in the same sentence.
    Your Fathers plays politics in the same way any GOP does, He lies, he exaggerates and frankly, many of his decisions in issues leave everyone wondering, why? he is to erratic, he could switch sides in any issue and then go back without impunity, that is why the HBO movie will carry weight and add to your father unpopularity, he made his own bed, now he has to sleep in it.

    April 1, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Meghan has never liked that trailor trash Palin family, she's got too much class. The Palin family embarrassed the McCain family when they flaunted their teenage pregnant daughter on National stage and Sarah Palin carrying her kid around like he was a bag of groceries, Sarah's jibber jabber talk like it's another language left Meghan and her family the inability to hold an intelligent conversation with these hillbillies.

    April 1, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. GuestColin

    Did the book distort things and make other items up completely? Likely. Will the movie follow suit? Probably. Did the McCain campaign run dirty? Yes, but I'm also not sure it was entirely McCain's doing. Although I'm only 23, I follow politics pretty in-depth and the man he used to present himself as, was not who he *seemed* to be during the 2008 election season – because I would've voted for the Old John McCain in a heartbeat but not the McCain who ran in 2008. Also, their single-biggest mistake was picking Palin as a running mate. She's a nutter. That ensured I would not vote McCain no matter what else happened, unless of course I got to win a date w/ Meghan. I'd vote for him then...

    April 1, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. David

    @Ace... you insult 2 of my favorite movie characters... Raymond Babitt and Forrest Gump... they are WAY smarter than Sarah Palin.

    April 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. drp

    To whoever made the comment about Bill Maher and stupid Americans. Do you have issues with intelligent people?

    April 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. GuestColin

    CNN! Why do you always moderate me? I said nothing wrong! Palin was probably the single-biggest reason McCain lost. It's the only reason I didn't vote him! The End. Also, someone slip Meghan my phone number please? thanks!

    April 1, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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