I’m looking forward to seeing Game Change on HBO tomorrow night (I had an invite to an advance screening but was too tied up with beer world deadlines to go) and the advance reviews are good. Ms. Palin’s rant about it without ever having seen it is also encouraging. The below is from today’s email edition of Mike Allen’s Everybody-in-Washington-Gotta-Read-It Politico Playbook, offered without comment except to note that the bold emphasis is his, not mine, and that makes all the difference):
BIG DIFFERENCE in reaction to “Game Change” (debuting tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on HBO) between Thursday’s première in New York, and last night’s D.C. audience. At the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan, a boisterous red-carpet crowd yukked it up as Sarah Palin fretted over an index card labeled, “WHAT IS NAFTA?” The Newseum crowd also loved the film, but watched in silence while she took notes as her campaign tutors explained that Germany was the aggressor in World War II, and that the U.S. was in three wars: Afghanistan, Iraq and a global war on terror. The difference: To the New Yorkers, it was a sit-com. To us, it was a documentary.
The Newseum audience was filled with people who had worked on the McCain-Palin campaign, and top officials told us afterward that the movie was convincing enough to give them creepy flashbacks. “Here’s the dill,” says Julianne Moore, who plays Governor Palin. The film opens in August, 2007, in Sacramento, as Steve Schmidt, who was in last night’s audience with his family, gets a call from Senator McCain, asking him to join the campaign. It ends at McCain’s concession speech on election night, with the crowd chanting … well, we won’t spoil it. Seen but not heard: Cindy McCain.