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Will Sarah Run?

25 May 2011 @ 10:06

A lot of us are wondering whether Mrs. Palin will jump in the race and if we should support her if she does.

After reading Scott Conroy’s article from today over at Real Clear Politics, Palin’s Secret Weapon: New File To Premiere In June, I’d say, at the very least, she’s leaning heavily towards entering with guns a-blazing.

A few highlights from the lengthy report:

Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin’s 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. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.

The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He’d make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself — to the tune of $1 million.

The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run.


Bannon originally titled his film "Take a Stand," which was the campaign slogan for Palin’s 2006 gubernatorial run when she defeated incumbent Republican Frank Murkowski in the primary before cruising in the general election to become Alaska’s youngest — and first female — chief executive. But in order to give it a more triumphant punch, the filmmaker changed the title to "The Undefeated."

Bannon acquired the audio rights to Palin’s 2009 bestseller, "Going Rogue," and the former vice-presidential nominee’s voice guides the film through the various stages of her career in Alaska.

Although Palin is not interviewed directly, the film features on-camera interviews and commentaries from 10 Alaskans who played different roles in her political rise, as well as six Lower 48 denizens who defend her in more visceral terms, including prominent conservative firebrands Mark Levin, Andrew Breitbart and Tammy Bruce.

Divided into three acts, the film makes the case that despite the now cliched label, Palin was indeed a maverick who confronted the powerful forces lined up against her to achieve wide-ranging success in a short period of time. The second part of the film’s message is just as clear, if more subjective: that Sarah Palin is the only conservative leader who can both build on the legacy of the Reagan Revolution and bring the ideals of the tea party movement to the Oval Office.


The film’s coda is introduced with an on-screen caption that reads, "From here, I can see November." It is here that Mark Levin alludes to Ronald Reagan as a Palin-like insurgent who was also once distrusted by the GOP establishment.

Palin is then shown firing up a rally that occurred just last month on the steps of the state capitol in Wisconsin. "What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight," Palin, in vintage campaign form, shouts to the crowd. "Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team — those champions — maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders they need to learn how to fight like a girl!"

Following an extended in-your-face riff by Andrew Breitbart in which he repeatedly denounces as "eunuchs" the male Republican leaders who decline to defend Palin, the film ends with one last scene from the April rally in Madison: "Mr. President, game on!" Palin shouts before a martial drumbeat ushers in a closing quotation by Thomas Paine, which also appeared in "Going Rogue." The implication is neither subtle nor easy to dismiss.


Bannon intends to premiere the film in Iowa late next month before expanding the release to New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. After the initial rollout in the four early voting states, the filmmaker will eventually release it to somewhere between 50 and 100 markets nationwide.

Palin aides have not yet decided whether the former governor will play an active role in the film’s premiere, but there has been some preliminary discussion of purchasing copies of the film from Bannon to distribute as gifts to SarahPAC donors.

Bannon is also working out a video-on-demand deal that will make the movie more widely accessible.


But coming on the heels of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision not to join the fray, many grassroots conservatives are clamoring for a candidate who has both the stature and the sizzle to compete with President Obama.

If she does decide to run, "The Undefeated" will be the key element to her initial coming-out party. The film’s impending release — and the frenzied media attention that it is sure to generate — will serve as a vivid wake-up call that despite the many obstacles in front of her, Palin’s entry into the race would turn the campaign on its head in an instant, just as it did in 2008.

As she mulls her decision in the coming weeks, the other Republican candidates in the field will be left to prepare for a hibernating grizzly who appears poised to rise up once again.

I would encourage you to click here and read the whole thing – it is well done.

Will this tactic work? It’s never been done before. Despite having watched politics for nearly forty years, I don’t have a clue.

What I do know is that I’m tempted to want her to succeed because I think 2012 is the year we have to lay it all on the line, go all out, balls to the wall, and make the election a major offensive in the war to restore our freedoms and liberties. The greatest Marine, Chesty Puller once said: ‘We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem’ and George S. Patton was fond of quoting Frederick The Great’s motto: ‘L’audace, l’audace, toujours de l’audace!’ and also ‘Ihr Racke, wollen sie ewig leben?’ [Rougues, would you live forever?'.  If we think that 2012 is that kind of year then Sarah Palin is the best person we can choose to lead us into such a tough battle.

  1. 25 May 2011 @ 11:41 11:41

    I prefer to do otherwise. RealClear is one of the least reliable sources out there, IMHO. CFWOT most days. A broken watch is right twice a day and at least it’s consistent. Beats the RealClear standard.

    To Palin: I think she’s running. Given the old media’s hatred and fear of her, I’m looking to an alt-campaign via YouTube and the like.

    “The Revolution will be live-blogged.”

  2. 25 May 2011 @ 17:13 17:13

    The elitist GOP RINOS like Peggy Noonan get on my nerves. They’re just jealous IMO. I hope Sarah Palin runs. I think she will run. I think she has more cojones to stand up to Obama than all the rest of the presidential candidates put together.

  3. bobbelvedere permalink*
    25 May 2011 @ 19:03 19:03

    Ran: If she does run, I think you’re right in saying that she will not run a conventional campaign – she and her people have already shown some savvy.

    Tere: Agreed.


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