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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  1. Woody

    First, would Meghan McCain even have a platform if her father wasn't John McCain? What gives us pause to even care about the opinion of this novice columnist with no political experience except lineage. Second, it's interesting that she uses the word "crucuify" which for most of us has a religious connotation. And lastly, sore losers always complain when the truth is in their face. I, for one, am not interested in a movie about this failed campaign as I have moved on and think they should too.

    April 1, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Candy Taylor

    If it is not accurate why don't they sue HBO? They are clearly using real names and situations. Maybe because it is true that McCain opened the door to making looney's like Palin seem to have some credibility? I will never understand what he was thinking. I am a democrate but I used to admire John McCain. After he announced Palin and let her run wild with her death panels and birther dialoge, I lost all respect for the man.

    April 1, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. chris

    guess hollywood is already started the machine trying to get Obama re-elected!!

    April 1, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. msyellarose

    Oh, quit whining Meg. I'm sure daddy can take care of himself, and Palin is doing a good enough job of making a fool of herself.

    April 1, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Dave

    johnRJ08 has it correct. I was a registered Republican who would have voted for McCain in spite of him being totally out of touch with modern technology (I figured that advisers would fill the gap) if it hadn't been for the incredibly poor judgment he showed by selecting an ignorant and unqualified running mate purely for the demographics he somehow thought she would draw. In a real world environment where almost all presidents are drawn to the middle once in office I find it appalling that so many Americans are willing to place rhetoric and doctrine over competence when choosing a leader.

    April 1, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Meghan – the way the story happened is the was we will see it! Movies NEVER match the book – they stretch and exaggerate a lot of things to make it more exciting! We NEVER saw what went on behind the closed doors. YOU yourself in the past claimed that it was "chaotic"!!

    Everyone already formed their opinion of Sarah Palin and John McCain. This movie is NOT going change none of that!!

    April 1, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Observer

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

    So is she quoting Palin already?

    April 1, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. cecilia

    sorry kid, but that is the way the mop flops – you are a fine young lady and I really did have fond feelings for your Dad at one time. You are welcome to join the Democrats

    April 1, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Junior

    Meghan, Meghan, Meghan….. come on. You have to be smarter then this. Of course the movie and book will crucify your father and Sarah Palin. The decision your father made to choose Sarah Palin as a running mate was arguably THE biggest blunder in GOP history, if not political history period. His decisions during his presidential campaign deserve to be crucified. I would hope the movie’s producers would spare his wife, children and family from any scrutiny as clearly they are not deserving targets of any backlash. And besides, isn’t this move the final installment of the trilogy about McCain & Palin? There was Dumb & Dumber, then Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd and now this, right?

    April 1, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Tim

    Shoot and unflattering movie of McCain and Palin that's freedom of speech. The movie about the Kennedy's was slander and distasteful. The hypocrisy is astounding.

    April 1, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. david west

    I was hoping Tina Fey would play Sarah palin's role!

    April 1, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. JCQueipo

    Guess what at the end of the day McCain, etc. will still be millionaires

    April 1, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Keith

    The sad reality is that I was always an avid support of Senator McCain-up until it became obvious how flawed Sarah Palin was to have chosen as a potential Vice President. This is not being mean but merely stating the obvious. Maybe Senator McCain was looking for a game changing squirmish?

    April 1, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Cat

    tMcCain just showed how senile he is by digging Palin out of her hole in the ground and letting her loose as a plague on this country. So if they crucify them so be it.

    April 1, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Although I like Megan McCain and even agree with her on some issues, when you bring your whole family into the political ring as a prop, or they step in themselves as Cindy and Megan have – they become fair game.
    And when you pick a runing mate like Palin, or associate with people like Palin, you must deal with the consequence of your actions.

    April 1, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm hoping she's wrong, but afraid she's not. It has to be hard being the daughter of the man who bungled his chances of being president by making such a fatal choice with Sarah Palin. But hey, it's been all good for Sarah. It made her rich beyond her wildest imagination. I wish someone would pick me as a running mate so I could act like an idiot while enriching myself.

    April 1, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Sounds like it will lay out what we already know. We watched the trainwreck unfold. Meghan can run but she can't hide.
    Snooki Palin is still a trainwreck.

    April 1, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. maggie

    @Palin Power - you've been drinking way too much of that kool aid. Of course Megan found the book reviling - the truth hurts - even presumably if it is only half so.

    April 1, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. maggie

    johnRJ08 - you hit the nail right on the head

    April 1, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Laura

    Obama as an "Infallible saint" was the silly assertion by Republicans that liberals thought that and voted for him because of that. We never thought that and we are not surprised by any of the things he's done that disappoint us. He's still a better choice than McCain/Palin or any of the sorry excuses for candidates rearing their heads in the GOP field. Or as I like to call them: The Committee to Re-Elect Obama.

    April 1, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. No tea, coffee only

    Well Meghan, it was your dad who told us "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" while Bush's policies were taking us to the cliff. It was your father who dseperately tried to pander for the women's votes by bringing us......Sarah Palin???!!!!????
    For Palin alone, he deserves to be ridiculed and portrayed in an unflattering manner. Unforgivable.

    April 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Carrie

    If this girl thinks that HBO will just smear a great and wonderful person for no reason, then she needs to rethink this. If there wasn't an election coming would she be worries? It seems to me if you didn't have anything to smear, then the truth wouldn't hurt. The truth will set you free.

    April 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Luis Bouzon

    Reads like the opportunity for Ms. McCain to write a sequel to the book pointing out the "exaggerated and downright made up part"....perhaps use the revenues to fund the next run to the Presidency in 2012?? Good post JohnRJ08....

    April 1, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Shan

    Julianne Moore? Seriously? Why not Tina Fey?!

    April 1, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Al

    I say show it, especially after her comment about Obama falling from grace. Obama does not have level of approval as before the campaign but he is holding to his guns, trying to work with both parties to get the country going forward. All GOP is doing is protecting their egos and their misguided church hugging values. Right now GOP has no one that can compete against Obama.

    April 1, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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