HBO is developing a sequel to Game Change (sadlynot entitled Game Change 2: More Games, Less Change) based on the 2012 election. Like Game Change, which eventually went on to win four Emmys, the movie will be based on a book by Mark Halperin and New York’s own John Heilemann. Halperin and Heilemann are currently working on Double Down: Game Change 2012 with the intention of a fall 2013 release. The film will follow after. In related news, Julianne Moore just bought a Paul Ryan wig.
I cannot wait to breathlessly read this absurdly biasedwell-researched book and then host a party for the premiere on HBO. I am not kidding in the slightest.
Ever since he stepped onto the national stage, Romney has been criticized as being unable to connect with voters — partly because of past positions out of step with many in his party and partly because of what some say is a wooden, detached personality. Although he has sharpened his campaign operation and mostly aced a series of debates this year, Romney’s trip to Iowa on Thursday and recent swings through New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida reveal a candidate still struggling to make that connection.
When voters exposed themselves emotionally, Romney offered little empathy. When they sought his support for their causes, Romney didn’t show them that he cared. Romney was scripted when he could have been spontaneous. He was boardroom cool when he could have been living room warm.
Couldn’t agree more with you, Philip Rucker. Romney practically has the nomination in the bag, but he comes across as a total statue. It will be difficult for him to beat Obama if he can’t first overcome his awful case of Al Gore Syndrome.
Perry took just about every available opportunity to attack Romney on everything from his economic record as governor to immigration—sometimes both at the same time. He answered one question about health care in Texas by attacking Romney’s hiring of illegal aliens, which was a bit head-snapping. “It’s time for you to tell the truth,” said Perry about Romney’s use of a firm that hired illegal aliens. Going after Romney on immigration is a double win for Perry: It helps weaken Romney and helps clean up Perry’s problem with conservatives who don’t like his in-state-tuition-for-children-of-illegal-immigrants policy.
Perry wasn’t just attacking. As if taking a page out of Romney’s playbook, Perry avoided some chances to attack and used questions as opportunities to promote his record in Texas and his energy policies. He looked like a candidate who wanted the prize.
Perry is clearly growing more desperate with every passing week. As the New York Times pointed out, it actually isn’t clear that Romney “ever knew directly that his landscaping company was using illegal immigrants to tend his lawn.”
Let it go, Perry. You better come up with something more substantive than that if you want to be more than a footnote who went down throwing dirty punches.