Sarah Palin’s movie message to GOP ‘establishment’

On Thursday night, several dozen of Sarah Palin’s best friends gathered in Kennesaw to watch their heroine on the big screen.

It was an invitation-only preview of “The Undefeated,” a two-hour Stephen Bannon documentary on the rise of Palin, from Alaskan mayoral candidate to governor to GOP vice presidential nominee to — well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

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The movie won’t open in metro Atlanta until July 15. “I hope that you will be evangelists for the film,” Rob Cunningham, a member of the Georgia chapter of Organize4Palin, told the crowd before the room went dark.

Cunningham outlined a modest economic plan: The Palin movie will have a seven-day run at the AMC Barrett Commons theater complex off Barrett Parkway in Cobb County. Over 35 showings, the movie must draw $10,000 — about 1,200 tickets — to be judged a success.
Cunningham said he would count on the assembled Palin fans to put out the word — and perhaps organize a few watch parties.

With that, the lights went out.

The next hour and 55 minutes can be described in six words: “And then they were upon her.”

Palin the housewife and mayoral candidate is attacked by the good ol’ boys of Wasilla. Governor Palin is attacked by the cigar-smoking good ol’ boys of Juneau. In the 2008 presidential contest, Palin the running mate is attacked by the good ol’ boys (and girls) of the media.

Look, if you adore Palin, you will adore the movie. You will not mind that, at the 65-minute mark, you have only reached the second year of her governorship — a determined and overly detailed effort by the director to counter the caricature of Palin-as-airhead.

You won’t object to learning more than you’ll ever need to know about oil, natural gas and Alaska’s approach to mineral rights.

For instance, in Texas, if you own the land, you own everything under it. In Alaska, everybody owns everything under the land. But this is not socialism. It is “the concept of the owner state.” Negotiating those mineral rights is how Palin made her mark, the movie emphasizes.

Nor will you mind the film’s own caricatures — oil company executives hobnobbing with armed African guerrillas, a flashing image of two smiling businessmen with a knife and revolver behind their backs, and whiskey-swilling legislators whose nicknames give the movie a PG-13 rating.

If you do not adore Sarah Palin, then this is not your date movie. Save your money and try the one with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

But whether or not you are a Palin admirer, if you are a Republican, find a way to see at least the final 15 minutes of “The Undefeated.” It will tell you much about what’s happening now within the GOP.

As you might expect, the movie is packed with accounts of liberal and media hatred of Palin — conflated as being from one and the same source. This is not news and barely worth a mention.

But the last quarter hour is primarily a diatribe against the “Republican establishment.” Images of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky jump onto the screen as conservative broadcaster Mark Levin speaks of Republicans “putting up symbolic votes that don’t have any meaning.”

At the screening, the first line to draw applause was a clip of Palin suggesting national Republican leaders need to take a cue from the local female hockey team and “learn to fight like girls.”

Near the close of the film, Andrew Breitbart — the Internet provocateur who usually reserves his shots for Democrats — gives a brief soliloquy on cookie-cutter conservatism in Washington and the GOP establishment’s exclusion of Palin.

“I respect these men on their policies,” Breitbart says. “But I don’t respect them as they sit there on their hands and watch this woman be attacked, mercilessly, time and again, on illegitimate grounds. Men no longer have a sense of chivalry.”

Yes, Palin is a threat to the left, Breitbart says. “She’s also an existential threat to these eunuchs. That’s how I feel when I go into Washington. I see eunuchs. The people who are running for presidency of the United States watch as a woman is attacked mercilessly and they do nothing. I see eunuchs.”

Again, when Breitbart speaks of castration, he is speaking of Republicans.

It is hard to say which thoughts in the movie belong to Bannon, the director, and which ones belong to Palin. The voice of the former Alaskan governor is heard throughout, but it is drawn from the audio version of Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” to which Bannon purchased the rights.

So there is a layer of deniability available to Palin, if she wants it.

But if the movie’s thesis in fact represents Palin’s thinking, then “The Undefeated” helps explain the strange bus tour that coincided with Mitt Romney’s formal entry last month into the presidential contest.
And Palin’s appearance on Tuesday in Iowa — one day after Michele Bachmann’s appearance in the same state — for a showing of “The Undefeated.”

If Palin indeed feels snubbed by the movers and shakers within the Republican Party, then her recent behavior looks less like toe-dipping associated with a 2012 presidential bid and more like a longer-term, guerrilla campaign for the heart and soul of the GOP.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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170 comments Add your comment

Jezel

July 1st, 2011
8:49 pm

Why would you even cover a nit wit like Palin?

Serious Robuck

July 1st, 2011
8:55 pm

Jezel, I couldn’t agree more. Thanks, John McCain. She’s your legacy, old man.

MrLiberty

July 1st, 2011
9:13 pm

Ron Paul’s supporters have made hundreds if not thousands of videos of him in support of his candidacy and they have done it for free, on their own time, and to show their support for his IDEAS.

What does it say about a prospective candidate that they have to make their own promotional video about themselves? And not even really about their ideas.

Ron Paul has the support of his ideas and his principles. If a movie is ever made about him, it will be about the unprecidented and enequaled contribution he has made to the cause of liberty in this country. Maybe after 8 years as our president all of america will be crying out for a movie like that.

td

July 1st, 2011
9:20 pm

I see the name calling, jealous, elitist loving libs are out tonight. They can not stand for a normal speaking, true believing conservative woman has the microphone.

td

July 1st, 2011
9:23 pm

MrLiberty

July 1st, 2011
9:13 pm

I do think Congress Paul is a great American and has been a very good congressman. I can not support him on his quest to become President for the same reason I can not support most libertarians. His idea of we live in a cocoon and not bother with what is going on in the rest of the world is a invitation to another 911 or worst. All libertarians need to realize that there is evil in the world that will do everything they can to make America fail.

kc

July 1st, 2011
9:25 pm

palin is a carny plain and simple…..that is not name calling, that is all she has proved since taking national stage…..

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 1st, 2011
9:38 pm

Palin is inbred white-trash fronting for Rome and Rockefeller.

pandora

July 1st, 2011
9:39 pm

If Palin is so tough, why does she need men to protect her? And it’s beyond sexist to say that men who don’t protect her are “eunuchs.” Like Palin emasculates men by saying their “limp”, “impotent”, and have no “cajones”. Beyond confusing, hypocritical and, frankly, nauseating.

pandora

July 1st, 2011
9:40 pm

*they’re* – fixed.

PMom_GA

July 1st, 2011
9:41 pm

Lemme get this straight “several dozen”, invitation only, wants 1200 sold tix to be a “success”.

IUf you can’t find a full house of invitees, what makes O4P think they’ll get a “success” when showings after last night are “pay to get in” tickets?

kc

July 1st, 2011
9:42 pm

Palin Pants On Fire

July 1st, 2011
9:43 pm

The Quitter can screech all she wants – no one is listening. She can hawk and pander whatever will make $$ – no one cares. The ship is sinking, the rats are jumping off, the world is moving on without the Tundra Granny. Buh Bye!

Ed

July 1st, 2011
9:46 pm

Just a note on how clueless and stupid liberals are. When John McCain lost, Sarah went back to work in Alaska minding her own business. But like a stupid child who plays around with a hornet until it it goes back into it’s nest only to go poking around bringing it out again ready to sting, the libs had to file frivolous ethics charge one after another until Sarah could not longer function effectively as governer or financially. Had they left her alone to govern Alaska she would not be in their face now. But you asked for it and now you’ve got it. And if she really is this dilt the libs claim, why do they even pay her any attention? Well, we know why.

Gotcha!

July 1st, 2011
9:51 pm

Palinbots rigged DWTS for Bristol Palin. Team Sarah plans to fake attendance numbers for the Defeated One.

http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2011/06/team-sarah-decides-to-fight-back.html

Becky Jarrett Allsop

July 1st, 2011
9:53 pm

Jim, thanks for seeing this movie and reporting on it so that I don’t have to see it. Don’t think I could sit through it!
Your old MD Collins fan from Tennessee

Jezel

July 1st, 2011
9:58 pm

tb…she does not know the meaning of conservative or liberal.

Linda1961

July 1st, 2011
10:18 pm

Ed, do you realize that you made the best case for Quitter not to run for president? Or if she does run, not to vote for her? She couldn’t handle being a governor, so no way she could handle being president.

Overdo

July 1st, 2011
10:24 pm

Exactly Jezel. That’s why Mi$$ Political Prick-Tease started a third party. The Party Of MEEEEE. Please worship MEEEEE. Pay attention to MEEEE. I need money for MEEEEE and my new lifestyle as a celibriteeeee. She may have a microphone but it’s a little pink plastic toy barbie doll one. And why on earth would anyone be “jealous”? I don’t think anybody wants to be like HER – the laughing stock of America driving the Palin family clown car. Nope. Definitely not jealous.

william legge

July 1st, 2011
11:48 pm

You people rare quite pathetic with your silly name calling, Gee Obama was senator, what a week before he started running for President. She was the most successful Governor in America with an 88% approval rating after 2 years in. But if you want to hold onto your, “quitter makes ya feel better blanket. go right ahead. You can even hold onto it if she becomes President if that will make your silly little brain feel better. I’ll just be thanking a gracious God for giving this country another chance with such a wonderful leader.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 2nd, 2011
12:16 am

Bird of feather, Mr. Legge?

How curious you can’t see her lack of grace? One suspects that blindness may be a reflection on your own family.

Fathered by an inbred, an abomination, and without grace, as every eye can see – bodes ill for her.

The curse comes not without cause, neither does the shame…not that she doesn’t attempt to appear shameless…just like “Babylon.”

G-d has nothing to do with Palin. She is an affront to G-d. Look to your own soul while you have time.

double

July 2nd, 2011
12:55 am

Will Jones explain the fathered by inbred-G-d having nothing to do with her.Curse.

ctl

July 2nd, 2011
1:16 am

She is making every buck she can………..but then oh no, the money destroys everything. They are the Beverly Hillbillies.

double

July 2nd, 2011
1:18 am

eunuchs never go bald,thought to have been good harem guards.Sarah and Newt make a good pair.

Grant Park Diva

July 2nd, 2011
1:51 am

The new RED SCARE!!!! (20111)!!!11111

Patty Brown

July 2nd, 2011
3:05 am

MrLiberty:

Governor Palin had nothing to do with the production of The Undefeated. Mr. Bannon spent over $1 million of his own money making the documentary because he KNOWS we need a president like Sarah Palin!!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 2nd, 2011
4:20 am

Money shows up to help Palin because Big Money is behind her, a front gulling G-dless fools on behalf of fascist plutocracy, just as Big Money from Texas set up Talon News Service so Bush’s homosexual lover could have a cover for being at the White House to commit abomination with the traitor who committed 9/11. These clowns are stooges of the Roman Anti-Christ’s Fifth Column.

Look at her father, “double.” His parents’ kinship is written on his face.

eworldbid

July 2nd, 2011
5:15 am

Sarah Palin is Newt Gringrich, Jr. in all respects (by the way, he is far from finished). She is a patriot for hire, a perennial candidate on the verge of jumping into a race she can not win and a media empire of books, movies and lectures that benefits only one person. Gringrich made the mistake of actually getting into the race. That brought on a whole new level of scrutiny which he clearly didn’t need. I don’t think Palin will make that mistake. She can milk this forever. There is nothing wrong with marketing. Look what it did for Coke.

SBinf

July 2nd, 2011
5:41 am

Why is it called, “Undefeated?”

Defeated is exactly what she was in 2008. Also, she’s a quitter, that should have been in the title too.

Buckhead Boy

July 2nd, 2011
5:53 am

I suppose that even Mr. Deal could acquire an 88% approval rating — for awhile, at least — if this state had the wherewithal to send a couple of thousand dollars to every household. But now that Mrs. Palin no longer sits atop that wherewithal in Alaska, what is her approval rating there? I suggest that its just about as low as elsewhere. However, as she continues to demonstrate, some of the people can always be fooled all of the time.

Keep doing this GOP

July 2nd, 2011
6:40 am

Why is this even being covered ? At least Bachmann is a candidate. It is beyond belief why she attracts media coverage. She gets selected a VP candidate. Makes a fool of herself by not knowing certain SC rulings that she might disagree with, or what newspapers or magazines she reads. Then goes out on the stump and the only thing she says is namecalling the other candidate. Then they lose. Its just amazing to me that someone that says so little can attract so much attention.

Keep doing this GOP

July 2nd, 2011
6:42 am

Oh , i had a Palin free month back in Febuary and i loved it.

GreatATLGuy

July 2nd, 2011
6:45 am

@Ed – schoolyard bullies like you have little d@#$ks… and you’re just mad that Obama is president and was elected by us stupid and clueless liberals. He will be re-elected and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Palin is nothing more than a caricature. And just like a Hannity, Coulter or Limbaugh, she is just another talking head media/wannabe dilt who will never get elected to national high office and you know it. Why don’t you go back to your Cobb County soccer field and push around some little kids?

david c

July 2nd, 2011
6:56 am

And this little piggy cried me me me all the way home.

WillieRae

July 2nd, 2011
6:59 am

Are people with kids who live in Cobb county not allowed to participate in your “liberal” political world?
Are you as hate filled as your words?
Ho sad.

Lib in Cobb

July 2nd, 2011
7:05 am

Eventually this knucklehead will disappear. “Several dozen”, in all of Cobb all they could get to attend is several dozen by invitation only. That in and of itself is an indication of interest.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

July 2nd, 2011
7:10 am

Looks like they’ve lowered the bar to insure success of this infomercial, doesn’t it?

Palin likes to hunker down in a bunker, surrounded by her braintrust, and snipe. From the protection of her bunker she issues forth a barrage of emails, Facebook postings, twitters, tweets and peeps knowing that she is safe from unrehearsed questions that might cause embarrassment. Or, she appears on Fox where the talking heads serve up beach ball questions and stare amazed at her perfundity — when in fact, she couldn’t find Cuba on a map.

What a joke!

This just may be the strategy for a presidential run: no debates, no questions from the media except from Fox or some religious broadcaster, limited personal appearances — but surrounded by her advisors in her bunker sending forth a barrage of attacks through the social media.

And, so it goes in the life of a Rogue. . . . .

Bill

July 2nd, 2011
7:20 am

I think that all of us, liberals and conservatives, need to look for common ground. There are things we agree on. For example, I agree with William Legge that all of the silly name calling from both sides needs to stop. It is one of the things preventing us from having a real conversation.

Road Scholar

July 2nd, 2011
7:24 am

Ed: Boo-hoo!

How can she name the movie “Undefeated”? Wasn’t she beat in the 2008 election? Or is this still the Republicanversion of history?

ylojkt

July 2nd, 2011
7:27 am

Count me among the amazed that this woman can have supporters at all, much less at this point in time. Seeing the empty theaters for this cheerleading movie about a cheerleader will be rewarding. It’s just embarrassing, and ruining the country frankly, at what we look for as our new political leadership. I really miss the days where candidates actually had to debate realistic ideas and you voted based on your opinion of the results of those debates as opposed to the sound bite, gotcha politicking that goes on now to obfuscate what these people and their backers are doing while the country is being robbed blind.

just wondering

July 2nd, 2011
7:32 am

WOW! Libs sure know how to hate someone! Can any of the lib logic be applied to their own? No Intelllect here, just accusations and name calling.

just wondering

July 2nd, 2011
7:37 am

Does the ajc have a conservative version of the “Polictical Insider”?

kc

July 2nd, 2011
7:40 am

try reading kyle and wooten

GreatATLGuy

July 2nd, 2011
7:48 am

@just wondering – yes indeed, we can apply to our own – I will be the first to call Weiner an idiot. And can’t you repubs come up with something better than libs “can only resort to name calling?” Is that a standard repub response to every comment? And that all libs are “elitist” – isn’t that name calling? I don’t hate anyone.. but if politicians can’t stand the heat, they know what to do…. GET OUT.

deegee

July 2nd, 2011
7:57 am

It’s 2 hours long????? R U kidding me? They couldn’t edit it down to 90 minutes max? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

kc

July 2nd, 2011
8:02 am

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/03/snapshot032211.html

americans lost 12 trillion in wealth since 2007 and folks wonder why we have not rebounded better……thanks w

Rick Patel

July 2nd, 2011
8:12 am

Supersonic Sarah Palin doesn’t need the Republican establishment. They need her; and they had better jump aboard the Palin High Speed Victory Train, or be left in the dust along the tracks.

section9

July 2nd, 2011
8:19 am

Some poor liberal posted a claim from ThinkProgress that Corporate Profits are way up under Obama.

He’s right. They are. Unfortunately, all the profits from the big multinationals are coming from their Chinese and Indian operations, not from here. Under Bush and Obama, the multinationals have been allowed to screw the working people of this country.

And they installed their poodle, Obama, in the White House. Nice going, liberals!

The Centrist

July 2nd, 2011
8:31 am

Is this a non-partisan factual article about a conservative?

N-GA

July 2nd, 2011
8:33 am

The fact that the movie was screened in Cobb County says more about Cobb County than it says about the movie…that theater was full of GED’s I betcha!

leo

July 2nd, 2011
8:36 am

It’s amazing to me that a quitter and a dimwit like Palin has anybody thinking she is qualified to run anything.