Sarah Palin Commissioned an Epic Full-Length Movie About Herself

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Last year, Sarah Palin asked conservative fillmmaker Stephen Bannon to make a documentary "extolling [her] governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term." That movie, The Undefeated, will soon debut in Iowa, followed by New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, which, not by chance, happen to all be early primary states. Although nobody is going to watch the film except the hard-core followers who already adore Palin, Palin's interest in rehabbing her image may be another sign that she's still interested in running for president.

As you would assume, the hagiographic film ignores the many blights on Palin's record (Troopergate and the Couric interviews, for example) and interprets events in the most Palin-friendly way possible. For example:


The film's third act puts a positive spin on Palin's 2008 vice presidential run, reminding viewers of her initially valuable impact on the McCain campaign by showing the Gallup poll trend lines that had the Republican ticket taking its first lead over the Democrats before the collapse of Lehman Brothers on Sept. 15.

Key words here are "initially valuable," also known as, "before people got to know her."

In addition, no movie about Palin's heroic life would be complete without her signature issue: victim-hood.


Bannon dramatizes the theme of Palin's persecution at the hands of her enemies in the media and both political parties, a notion the former governor has long embraced. Images of lions killing a zebra and a dead medieval soldier with an arrow sticking in his back dramatize the ethics complaints filed by obscure Alaskan citizens, which Palin has cited as the primary reason for her sudden resignation in July of 2009.

So it's one of those subtle films.

Palin's Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June [RealClearPolitics]