March 14, 2012, - 4:39 pm

You Got Played: Conservative Whining Got Palin HBO Movie High Ratings

By Debbie Schlussel

For those who believe that Sarah Palin is the messiah and can do no wrong, nor can her babymama daughter, this will fall on willingly deaf ears.  And that’s sad.  However, their whining–and the whining of many conservatives fooled by the ex-half-governor with no clothing–garnered HBO it’s most watched movie original film since 2004.  Yup, all of  you who whined endlessly about the movie played right into HBO’s marketing plans.  You got played, when you should have ignored it and moved on.

Even though I know Sarah Palin is ignorant, most other prominent conservatives are not, and I saw the movie as a likely unfair attack on conservatives in a Presidential election year in which the top Republican candidates are far wiser and more informed than Palin.  I know that anything starring uber-lefty Ed Harris (who famously sat on his hands in protest when anti-Communist Elia Kazan received an Oscar), New Age weirdo Woody Harrelson, or uber-liberal former babymama Julianne Moore–let alone all three–is destined to be liberal propaganda.  But the smart thing to do was to ignore the typical HBO drivel as if it were MSNBC.  Instead, many conservatives naively played your role to promote a movie you didn’t see and claimed to hate and got it the best ratings for its category on HBO in eight years.  Congrats:

HBO’s Game Change premiered with an average of 2.1 million viewers at 9 PM on Saturday to become the network’s most watched original film in almost 8 years, since the 2004 Something The Lord Made (2.6 million). The movie about John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin from a little known Alaska Governor to super-star Republican running mate, doubled the premiere audience of the previous HBO movie from the same writer (Danny Strong) and director (Jay Roach), Recount, which chronicled events surrounding the 2000 presidential elections. It also outperformed the opening nights of recent HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (1.3 million), Generation Kill (1 million) and John Adams (1.8 million). For the weekend, Game Change averaged 3.6 million viewers over multiple plays.

I’m not saying the movie was an accurate portrayal of Sarah Palin and the behind-the-scenes goings on during the campaign.  I didn’t see the movie and don’t know what really happened behind the scenes.  Nor do you.  I only know what happened when conservatives whined about a movie they’d have been better off ignoring:  they helped HBO build controversy, get attention, and attract viewers who might not have even noticed otherwise.  Way to go.

HBO will only make more and more of these left-wing, anti-conservative movies because the network execs know that you will always be a willing participant in their marketing plan, getting played like a violin in helping them garner the free media attention they crave.

Oh, and they also played into Sarah Palin’s smart marketing plan to stay relevant and play the martyr yet again. Good job. Palin and HBO are laughing at you . . . all the way to the bank.  So is celebrated babymama “of the right,” Bristol Palin, who needs to breed attention and build ratings for her upcoming silly single mother/out of wedlock kid “reality show” on Lifetime.

Cha-ching? You betcha!

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26 Responses

Palim? Isn’t that who the vulgar pig Bill Maher called the C-word on his HBO show? Starts with C and last 2 of the 4 letters were NT. You know the guy who gave a million to the half bred mulatto racist Hussein Obama.

On last week’s show he showed a video done by Nancy Pelosi’s whore daughter where she fimed “stupid White Mississippi voters.”

And an American fascist leftwing democrat site posted a robocall survey that came up weith the result that 54% of Mississipians think Hussein Obama is a muslim.

I cannot believe 46% of Mississippoans are that stupid to think Obama is a Christian.


The slaves have inbred themselves too much.

Bill Co2 on March 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

There as many ignorant folks in the “conservative” lumpenproletariat as there are on the Left.

For them, appearance counts for more than substance. No wonder they watched two hours of HBO liberal propaganda!

They’re whining because a complete ignoramus isn’t running against Obama. He’ll likely get that second term but if the Palinbots had it their way, it would be a cinch.

Just don’t look for them to give up their blind worship of her and her babyma daughter any time soon.

NormanF on March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Folks, I didn’t see this film during the weekend, but my family members told me that they saw this film and they refered it to me, I told them, “thanks, but no thanks, I don’t watch HBO”. They know that I’m a conservative politically who’s also an Independent. My family members are yes liberals who’s registered Democrats, but to their own credit, they don’t follow politics as much as I do, but unfortuantley for them, there snickered into the left wing claptrap nonsense.

I knew the film was left-leaning propaganda from the get-go, so instead I watch pornographic films but at the sametime I’m NOT a Sarah Palin fan and/or supporter, I to think the woman is a fake as Debbie has pointed out and called her out on it on this blog of her’s in the past!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on March 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Why is Sarah Palin still relevant?

Hollywood on March 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Palin had the last laugh, ratings-wise, as her Alaska show on TLC pulled 5MM viewers for its debut episode.

JeffT on March 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

So Sean, did you watch “Who’s Nailin’ Palin” instead? That my man is some nation-defining culture!'s_Nailin'_Paylin%3F

I wonder who is the best Palin impersonator, Tina Fey, Julianne Moore, or Lisa Ann.

Richard on March 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm

You gave away your bias in the first sentence of you post.

burt on March 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Like Sean I am not a Palin hater or lover (I really have never paid attention to her. Perhaps because at the time there were so many Obama-Putin Zombies and I did not want to be a Right Wing equivalent but to be honest, I have never gone gaga over a bloody politician (ESPECIALLY in 2012!!) so I just don’t get it!!!) but we all know this movie (and book to some degree) is all about the sickening Liberal double-standard.

Where was the movie that showed us Bill Clinton’s trysts with Gennifer Flowers for all those years? And since he liked to do pervy things to Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office where is the HBO movie that graphically depicted Billy-Jeff getting a BJ or him sticking the cigar where it should not have been? This country loves its porn so why NOT depict that?

Where was the movie depicting the rape of Juanita Broadrick by Bill Clinton? Or the movie depicting his sexual harassment of Paula Jones? There were whispers that he had an affair with the late Elenor Mondale so where is the HBO movie on that or one depicting fatso Al Gore as a “sex-crazed” poodle with a disgusted and unsuspecting masseuse?

Bill Clinton even has peyronies disease. I’m sure the porn loving public would love to see that in an HBO movie. Do you think Michael Fassbender can get his thing to bend it like Clinton? Give the public what it wants!

And really, we don’t even have to be lascivious! I’d love to see an HBO film on the death of Vince Foster and how Hillary’s team cleared out his office before law officials got there.

I’d love to see a movie of how Hillary schemed to get Billy Dale and the Travel Office accused of law-breaking when they did no such thing and Hillary wanted a way to load the office up with her cronies.

I’d really love to see a film on “Game Change’s” OTHER storyline of the disgusting affair between the creepy John Edwards and mental-cased Lisa Druck (Reille Hunter). There is a real-life sex tape of that affair so it’s funny how HBO decided to bore people with the made-up trials and tribulations of Sarah Palin than that real-life soap opera.

These lefties make me so sick. They act so above it but they are all about projection and raging hypocrisy. You know they are all like Elliot Spitzer…highlighting an outrage and in their own sordid life taking their anti-social behaviour to the limit.

Never forget Liberals have NOTHING on holy-rollers. NOTHING!

Skunky on March 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I’d love to see them make a movie about Client Nine and Kristen.

    I’m not holding my breath for it.

    NormanF on March 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Actually, there was a theatrical release documentary a couple years ago called “Client Nine,” dealing with the whole Spitzer affair.

      Seek on March 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

    “slick willie” probably violated the U.S. Gov’t embargo and used a Cuban cigar when he got his Monica!

    Al R on March 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

Why? A conservative is not allowed to have a different opinion? I don’t see where that matters.

Considering she passed up running for President.

NormanF on March 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Sean, I’m wondering if the film you watched instead was “Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?”.'s_Nailin'_Paylin%3F

That my man is some nation-defining culture!

So who is the best Palin impersonator, Tina Fey, Julianne Moore, or Lisa Ann.

Richard on March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Heard of that adult film “Nailin Palin” Richard, but I didn’t see it, I don’t watch too much pornography, I watch it once in a while and at the sametime adult films are that good/great.

    On the other hand Richard, at times my computer goes through a little BS where I type some messages and my comment phantomly vanishes and I don’t see it. It might be a virus, but I advise you to send you’re computer or laptop to a technician in you’re area to solve whatever the issues are.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on March 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

It is always best to let such movies slide with as little comment as possible. Rush Limbaugh should have let Fluke loose after the first day, and she would have sunk back into the septic tank where she belonged. Never give your opponent what they want.

Worry01 on March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Sorry for the double post, my computer wasn’t showing all the comments. Probably got a virus surfing for…never mind.

Richard on March 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Whoops, my fault, what I meant to say in my last comment was, “I watch it once in a while and at the sametime adult films are NOT that good/great.”, that’s what I meant to say, forgive me for my little mistake.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on March 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Here is yet more details on the sordid and sicko Edwards/Druck (Hunter) affair that HBO can film for broadcast…

When latrine slime meets and merges with rancid and rotting putrification it’s a FABULOUS thing!

Skunky on March 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    On the other Side Of The Pond, the feedback is harsher than here. Sometimes I think we would have been far more classier remaining part of the British Empire.

    NormanF on March 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Got to hand it to the Palinistas. They didn’t get that their bitching and moaning about this dreck of a movie would draw in more viewership to HBO. They are laughing at us all the way to the bank. I for one don’t have HBO, Showtime or Skinemax because they suck and redbox being so cheap. Stupid shows like Entertainment Tonight have played clips showing how inept Palin supposedly was. Now if this was or wasn’t an accurate portrayal I don’t know and frankly I don’t care. Just like I will not care to watch babymama Bristol’s show coming on Lifetime. Skunky I agree with you. When HBO makes this type of movie about Oblamo, Slick Willy, PIAPS, or Johnny ( baby daddy) Edwards then I might get the channel. I won’t be holding my breath.

Ken b on March 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

On the plus side, this movie and the Bill Maher rebound have been losing HBO loads of business. People have been quoting them in the same breath when they delete HBO from their service.

luagha on March 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Christians should not fully trust Jews. Jews have been merrily doing their very best to topple Christian/Gentile/Western civilizations for hundreds upon hundreds of years (and running – turn on the Jewish run media – television, print, movies, music, etc, for this – take a look at the Jewish run education system also). I used to think of a Jew 100% as a brother/sister/ally, no longer, Jews have changed my mind on this, Jews (as usual) have done this to themselves.

Gregory on March 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

My mother, a Palin fan and Ditto-head, has on one occasion, hung up the phone on me, when we had a heated discussion on Sarah Palin’s character, lack of knowledge on world issues and her eggs-perience on issues, resigning as Alaskan Governor and of course a nice talk about Stupid-ass Bristol, and her mutie child. Needless to say, it was worth it. But I still like you, Mom.

Steve Epps on March 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I’ll admit it, I was completely fooled by Sarah Palin. I thought she was a good conservative woman with high moral standards. A decent woman willing to take on the cultural sewer we find ourselves swimming in.

I was wrong. I just learned Sarah Palin had a torrid one-night-stand with this man.

Oh yes, its true. He confirmed it and she never denied it. At the time this occurred Sarah was dating her current husband. What a slut.

TaxPayer on March 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

2 million from a total population of 313,000,000 (assuming the numbers are just from the U.S.). That’s less than 1%. Does it matter that the viewership doubled when we are talking about such low percentages?

Phil Dayton on March 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Oh, did I get too far off topic? Did I ruffle some feathers here? Its really amazing how all the commenters here align perfectly along a certain theme. Its almost as if the comments are being written by one person. Hmmm… just sayin’.

dilbert delany on March 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

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