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Sarah Palin, trashing ‘Game Change’ to stay in the game

Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, and former Alaska governor, delivers the keynote address to activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

But Palin is no slouch at PR.

Last week, her aides spoke out angrily, calling “Game Change” “sick.” What a brilliant move. The more they protest, the more attention Palin gets.

Beautiful, smart Julianne Moore, who’s been called one of the best actresses of her generation, plays the former governor of Alaska in the movie, based on the book of the same name, and Palin’s got to hate that, right?

On Monday, the ’08 Republican nominee John McCain said he wouldn’t be watching.

Palin hasn’t said whether she will watch Moore, a pro-choice activist who has said that she is tired of partisan politics.

She certainly didn’t ignore Tina Fey, the Hollywood comedian, writer and actress who parodied Palin in 2008 on “Saturday Night Live.” Palin couldn’t resist an invitation to appear in an “SNL” skit with Fey and the show’s creator, Lorne Michaels, during the 2008 campaign.

Despite what strikes me as the faux outrage of her former aides, I suspect she likes prolonging her time in the public eye. She has risen to the level of diva now, and those supernovas continually crave attention, good or bad.

In 2010, I covered Palin in Tulsa, Okla., at a rally with Glenn Beck, and was for some reason led to a meet-and-greet instead of the media pen. Her arrival was movie-star worthy.

A black SUV with tinted windows wheeled through the back doors. A security guard emerged quickly and opened Palin’s back door. She dramatically exited, wearing a long silver coat, with daughter Piper, who held a McDonald’s Happy Meal bag. She didn’t wave to supporters but simply vanished behind black curtains – more Hollywood star than national politician.

Later, at the meet-and-greet, Palin wore a sleek, black trench coat. Her heavy makeup was ready for a close-up, and her long mane was styled to perfection. She was beautiful, in fact, and looked more appropriate for the red carpet than the corridors of power. She was a woman oozing confidence. Or was it cockiness?

Palin may soon announce that she won’t watch “Game Change.” But I think she’ll have to see Moore’s performance.  The only real question is, will she tweet her opinions or keep them to herself?

Suzi Parker is a writer based in Little Rock, Ark. Follower her on Twitter at



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