Chris Matthews on Woody Harrelson in 'Game Change': 'It's the Role of the Century'

March 11th, 2012 12:16 PM

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Obama-loving media members have almost been orgasmic in their adoration for HBO's new Sarah Palin-bashing film "Game Change."

Firmly on the bandwagon is Chris Matthews who on the syndicated program bearing his name this weekend actually said that Woody Harrelson's performance as McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt is "the role of the century" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: John, I love that movie.

JOHN HEILEMANN, NEW YORK MAGAZINE AND CO-AUTHOR OF "GAME CHANGE": And that means more to me than anything in the world.

MATTHEWS: Anybody that doesn’t watch this movie you’re crazy. It’s wonderful. And by the way, Julianne Moore IS Sarah Palin, and Woody Harrelson I think it’s the role of the century.

"It's the role of the century."


What's fascinating about this film - despite the Palin-bashing which is all over the place regardless of media claims that the movie presents a warm side of the former Alaska governor that will be endearing to some of her critics - is that the hero is Harrelson as Schmidt.

Yet lost in all the idol worship is that Schmidt managed the worst presidential campaign since Michael Dukakis's failed bid against George H.W. Bush in 1988.

McCain lost in a landslide in 2008, and the manager at the helm of the disaster is being idolized by the Left with Matthews now saying, "It's the role of the century."

It appears failed GOP campaign managers - especially ones who many think were responsible for leaking real or imagined slights on Palin to the press before and after the election - are held in higher esteem by America's media than successful ones.

Makes total sense, doesn't it?