‘The Undefeated’ and Sarah Palin’s message for the GOP establishment

On Friday, metro Atlanta will be one of 10 spots in the country that will see the debut of “The Undefeated,” the glowing documentary of Sarah Palin.

The Palin movie will have an exclusive seven-day run at the AMC Barrett Commons theater complex off Barrett Parkway in Cobb County. Director Steve Bannon, a former investment banker turned filmmaker, is already in Atlanta and plans to be in Kennesaw tomorrow evening – possibly with a CNN crew.

"The Undefeated" director Steve Bannon/CRC Public Relations

"The Undefeated" director Steve Bannon/CRC Public Relations

We were able to catch Bannon for a brief chat this afternoon. The highlights are below:

Insider: The film is an hour and fifty-minutes long. Only at the 65-minute mark do you finish with experience as governor of Alaska. Why is that?

Bannon: Everybody comes into Sarah Palin’s story at the Republican convention, when she was selected [as the vice presidential nominee]. Here, you’re over an hour into the movie before you actually get to see that. That’s why the convention speech hits people that see it now so differently than then. Because then, we all thought it was performance art. Now, we see that she’s really telling us about herself.

Insider: I learned a lot about Alaskan energy policy.

Bannon: AMC and the distributor would have liked me to cut it down. But you don’t get the cathartic experience in Act Three until you have that level of granularity. The other thing was, I wanted to have a record. The reason I made this film was that I heard so many guys in Washington and on Wall Street denigrate this woman, and deride her for her lack of intelligence, her lack of capacity, her lack of capability.

And to be brutally frank, as you’ve seen this kabuki theater were watching this week on the debt negotiations – it’s all just a bunch of hooey. They’re not really talking about real cuts. They’re not talking about solutions.

….This woman is a woman of extraordinary confidence. Certainly, pound for pound, as good as the guys that were deriding her. And that’s why I wanted to make it. And in making it – that Act Two is like a Harvard Business School case study about a turnaround and a restructuring. And it’s complicated. But one of the points was she didn’t take on school uniform issues. She took on the tough, intractable, Gordian-knot issues.

Insider: I was most interested in the last 15 minutes in the film, where you outlined how Palin had been snubbed by the Republican establishment. One of the voices in the film, Andrew Breitbart, refers to the GOP hierarchy as “eunuchs.”

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Bannon: It’s worse than snubbed. I think that’s why there’s a lot of seething discontent below the surface in the Republican party and the conservative movement. I tried to pull the camera back, [and] put Governor Palin and her career in some sort of perspective. I chose [Mark] Levin, Breitbart, and [Tammy] Bruce for a specific reason.

….There’s a big disconnect. There are certain of us in the conservative movement, in the tea party movement, that think the tea party movement is in direct lineage with Governor Reagan’s and President Reagan’s revolution. The Bush Republican establishment think [the tea party movement] stems directly from [1992 third-party presidential candidate] Ross Perot. And that’s why they’re so distrustful of it. The Perot fiasco is why Bush 41 went back to Kennebunkport four years early.

They see it not as a good thing, but as a thing that has to be controlled, a thing to be feared….

It’s very important, before we can take on President Obama, who I think has a very well-defined, progressive, liberal philosophy – I don’t think there’s a coherent, counter-philosophy on our side of the football. I think the Republican establishment, as they’ve proven in 2002 and 2008, is just a slow walk to the same statism. And I think that’s what the tea party revolt is all about. We need a primary like we had in 1976. We need a fight for the heart and soul of the conservative movement.

Insider: How much does the film represent Palin’s thinking?

Bannon: Governor Palin has been on the record….saying she loves it, and she wants everyone in the country to see it. It energizes her. She loves the film and it speaks for her team. Though I’m the writer and director – every time someone asks her, she says she really agrees with what’s in the film.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Centrist

July 14th, 2011
3:34 pm

I’ve never actually seen any of these such political movies, and don’t ever intend to.

I doubt the AJC had critical blogs about any of Michael Moore’s movies, or Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.

Reno

July 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

How was this at all critical? It includes info on where it is showing and then has exact transcripts from the filmmaker..

Just Wait

July 14th, 2011
3:53 pm

Cars 2 would be more entertaining and educational.

Pointy Stick

July 14th, 2011
4:02 pm

Early reports is that $arah Palin and the first dude were really pissed at the negative reviews from the press. If this upsets them so much, imagine how they would fair in the big house. It made $arah cry…

NameRequired

July 14th, 2011
4:06 pm

Undefeated?? Then why isn’t John McCain’s address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Moe like “Why McCain was Defeated”.

SilentMajority

July 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

Release the liberals to slam Sarah! Unlike what they will say, she is articulate, intelligent and much, much more exprerienced than the Marxist in Chief in the Whitehouse. She is unapoligetically proud of this county, unlike the Obamas who were admittedly never proud of this county until he was elected. It’s this simple: do you want bigger govt. or smaller govt? More freedom or less freedom? Lower taxes or higher taxes? Answer those questions, and stop the character assisination.

Big Hat

July 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

Triumph Of The Will, Part 2.

Ghost Rider

July 14th, 2011
4:18 pm

Centrist:

“I doubt the AJC had critical blogs about any of Michael Moore’s movies, or Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.”

Excellent point! It is impossible to read anything negative about a Democrat, a liberal or any other whack job from the left here because it simply isn’t printed. Of course, there is no bias at all evident here.

BreathofFreshAir

July 14th, 2011
4:27 pm

Mr. Galloway. I don’t know your political leanings, but can only assume you are as much a leftist as almost all other media members. Which really confuses me since your article was straightforward and not the typical bash the conservative (especially the conservative woman) article we have all become accustomed to from especially the print media. Well done.

td

July 14th, 2011
4:27 pm

Jim, You put this red meat up for the liberals to have their fun instead of talking about the state proposal of making Medicaid recipients paying co-pays. Great choice of topics.

Sick of Republicans

July 14th, 2011
4:32 pm

You think this woman is intelligent? Her grammar is terrible; her bouncy cheerleading bounces around stage are high school stuff; and she is greedy and thinks of no one but herself.

Bob

July 14th, 2011
4:45 pm

As an independent common-sense conservative, please do us all a favor Mrs. Palin, and stay in Alaska. And, please keep Mitt, Bachman, Newt, Paul, Santorum, McConnell, and the rest of these unelectable, egomaniacs with you. Obama has proven that he is unqualified and that he has an innate ability to surround himself with more incompetents. I’m hoping we can elect someone who will put our Nation first.

bart

July 14th, 2011
5:17 pm

Palin is a quitter, a dimwit, and a narcissist. That’s why Repubs think she’d be a good President.

td

July 14th, 2011
5:31 pm

bart

July 14th, 2011
5:17 pm
Palin is a quitter, a dimwit, and a narcissist. That’s why Repubs think she’d be a good President

So being a community organizer, narcissist, socialist is any better? BTW: Didn’t Obama quit the Senate about 12 months after becoming a Senator to run for President?

Frederick Douglass

July 14th, 2011
5:46 pm

td @ 5:31

I guess Obama quit the senate for the same reason Dick Cheney gave for not serving in the military during Viet Nam, “he had better things to do”, in Obama’s case, becoming POTUS.

Big Daddy

July 14th, 2011
6:18 pm

This film is the biggest propaganda lie since the Nazis commissioned Triumph of the Will. Except that the Riefenstahl effort is undoubtedly more artful.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

July 14th, 2011
6:19 pm

She can produce books.

Bristol can produce books.

I use the term “produce” because I don’t believe they actually wrote them.

And, she can have an authorized biography on the screen. But, in the final analysis, she is so toxic only a small group of Republican/Tea Party folks would support her.

She can say “I can beat Obama” and she can say, “I can fly to the moon”, but that doesn’t make it true. Obama would spit her out like a sunflower seed because she is not willing to put forth the effort to learn enough about geo-politics to keep from embarrassing herself on the public stage.

That’s why she won’t run.

And, so it goes. . . .

Serious Robuck

July 14th, 2011
6:35 pm

The fact that a significant percentage of the American people would support Sarah Palin if she runs for President is “Exhibit 1″ if you’re attempting to prove that America is in REALLY REALLY BIG trouble.

Joe Mama

July 14th, 2011
6:42 pm

I understand that literally dozens of viewers are expected for this spectacle.

hl

July 14th, 2011
7:01 pm

Run Sarah Run…

jconservative

July 14th, 2011
7:11 pm

“There are certain of us in the conservative movement, in the tea party movement, that think the tea party movement is in direct lineage with Governor Reagan’s and President Reagan’s revolution.”

Is this guy serious? Is he that ignorant of presidential history from the 1980’s? I do not doubt he is committed to Palin, good for him. But can anyone be that ignorant of the Reagan presidency?

The truth is the Tea Party of today would tar and feather Reagan and ride him out of town on a rail.

Reagan is the worst thing that ever happened to the fiscal conservative movement in the US.

td

July 14th, 2011
7:14 pm

Serious Robuck

July 14th, 2011
6:35 pm

I really think the Dumb Masses showed how much we are in trouble when they voted for a community organizer for President.

Old Hippie

July 14th, 2011
7:18 pm

“Undefeated”? Uh, she lost her first race to become mayor of beautiful downtown Wasilla, lost her first race for governor, lost her bid to become Vice President, and then QUIT halfway thru her only term as governor.

This movie should be renamed “The Many Defeats of a Quitter”

double

July 14th, 2011
7:39 pm

@Old Hippie had she been an organizer none of the defeats would have happend.Good organization results in successful results.

Rural Education

July 14th, 2011
8:36 pm

Previous posters are right, Reagan couldn’t win in today’s Republican party. He pushed to raise the debt limit, he pardoned illegal aliens, and he raised taxes numerous times. He understood the art of compromise and he would never have taken some asinine pledge. He was capable of thinking for himself and he wasn’t snide and mean like some of our current Republican leaders.

The Centrist

July 14th, 2011
8:44 pm

As long as more people show up to see the movie in metro Atlanta in 7-days than attend a late season Georgia State football game, she will deem it will be a success and will keep raking in the money.

The Centrist

July 14th, 2011
9:04 pm

Hey td. Let’s compare, while serving as a community organizer, someone also served as a law associate with a law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and a university constitution law professor. On the other hand, after being the third-runner up in a State beauty pagent, someone became a sports reporter and then “eloped” at the age of 24 to marry a guy running a family owned fishing company. Got it!

double

July 14th, 2011
9:27 pm

The best thing President RR done was let Libya know they were within reach.

td

July 14th, 2011
10:12 pm

The Centrist

July 14th, 2011
9:04 pm

I think you forgot about PTA president, Mayor and Governor of a state. Yep, still more qualified then the current occupant of the White house.

double

July 14th, 2011
10:29 pm

It’s good that Td’s opinions are only his.I don’t see his echo,parroting his biased post lately.I only hope they have not kidnapped Will Jones and indroctinating him.

double

July 14th, 2011
10:33 pm

indoctrinate

I can see Russia from my house...

July 14th, 2011
10:37 pm

A better title for this movie should be “The Often Defeated”.

td

July 14th, 2011
11:09 pm

double

July 14th, 2011
10:29 pm

The sad part is I do not think Palin is the best qualified candidate for President on the Republican side and look how much more qualified she is then the current occupant.

Frederick Douglass

July 14th, 2011
11:18 pm

td @ 10:12

Okay td, in Palin’s own words, “a community organizer is sort of like a mayor, except a mayor has real duties”. While Palin was mayor of Wasilla, her only real duty was to spearhead the building of the city’s sports complex, which today remains a major cluster fu*k. Miss mayor gave the go ahead to build this facility before property rights were obtained, which ultimately resulted in a building with no workable restrooms or running water. Wasilla has a population of about 6,000, about half of what Phillips arena sits for basketball. Obama community organized on Chicago’s south side, which has a population of 750,000, compared to the state of Alaska’s 710,000. So you can see why Palin’s movie should be titled, “The Unflushed”, as in the raw sewage she left her hometown, and state with.

td

July 14th, 2011
11:37 pm

Frederick Douglass

July 14th, 2011
11:18 pm

You libs sure do know a great deal about Palin. Media matters, Daily Kos, Huffington post or the NY times? Let me put your mind at rest, she is not running. That brings up a different question, why do you libs HATE all strong conservative women? Oh I think I know, you are all scared of any strong conservative woman!!!!!!! The liberals know if a strong conservative woman runs and other national women might see that they do not have to depend on government to take care of them, then they may decide to vote for Republicans, close the gender gap and liberals will not win elections again for years (you know something like what has happened in this state).

FYI: I did give you a compliment on another blog earlier today. I promise I am not trying to ruin you image with the other progressives:-)

Chuck Snow

July 15th, 2011
12:14 am

Anyway you see it even if Sara Palin was Playing second fiddle to Pee Wee Herman we’d be better off than we are with Barry Buckwheat, or Hillary Klinton.

gooolllly!

July 15th, 2011
3:15 am

Producers made OJ entertaining in movies. Would’t vote for him though.

Doc

July 15th, 2011
4:47 am

More jingoistic trash for you goobers to eat up with a spoon. You suckers are getting spun again.

ByteMe

July 15th, 2011
6:10 am

Oh I think I know, you are all scared of any strong conservative woman!!!!!!!

Cue the typical “you don’t like her, so you must fear her!” nonsense from td. What a dork. You don’t have to fear something to dislike it. You just have to evaluate its suitability for a purpose and decide it doesn’t satisfy a need. In this case, Palin satisfies a need in you, td, but there’s about 80% or more of the population at this point (according to polls) who have no need for her and find her to be a grifter. But you can keep sending her your money if you like, we’re not here to stop you, just to maybe open your eyes to how other people see her. But you see fear in everyone else’s eyes when they talk about how they dislike her. Wonder what that says about you.

ByteMe

July 15th, 2011
6:13 am

BTW, there’s already one grifter in the race (possibly two, considering the recent release of a certain gospel CD), do we really need another one? Won’t that dilute the goober money further?

kc

July 15th, 2011
6:21 am

repubs the party of murdoch, nixon, ailes, now palin…..all shysters

section9

July 15th, 2011
6:31 am

Palin was actually an extremely successful mayor of Wasilla and she ran on what most successful mayors run on: community development. Highways, sewage and garbage collection, etc. And spending restraint and lowering taxes on business to incentivize development. The idiot commentators here who claim that Palin left Wasilla deeply in debt over the sports complex are basically passing on a lie.

The sports complex was a bond issue that was voted on by the citizens. It passed. The thing was built and became a valuable addition to the community. The bond was paid off over several years, as it was planned to.

Oh, and the debt that the clueless liberals around here are screaming about? Long since paid off. Reading Obama supporters go on and on about how Palin left Wasilla in debt while Chicago Jesus doubled the National Debt to 14.5 Trillion Dollars while Moody’s is putting us on a watch list and the Chinese are calling us deadbeats is especially outrageous. Liberals, as usual, are liars.

ByteMe

July 15th, 2011
6:45 am

while Chicago Jesus doubled the National Debt to 14.5 Trillion Dollars

There’s your sign of someone who has trouble with facts. A 40% increase is not “doubled”.

Frederick Douglass

July 15th, 2011
7:00 am

To section9 @ 6:31

Yeah right, the Wasilla sports complex is a fine place as long as you bring bottled water, and a chamber pot to all events lasting over two hours.

Buckhead Boy

July 15th, 2011
7:03 am

Indeed, Mrs Palin wasn’t a community organizer, nor has she pursued anything else in her lifetime that didn’t serve her financial interest. She didn’t attend Columbia or Harvard either. No credible institution of higher education would employ her as a professor or instructor; and its highly unlikely that the citizens of Wasilla or Alaska would have her work for them again in any capacity. She is an “author” thanks to the largesse (or political conniving, take your pick) of Mr. Murdoch (Harper Collins) and a cabal of ghost writers. She is an entertainer (or propagandist, again take your pick), thanks to Mr, Murdoch (TLC and Fox News). She is just what she is; and that there are those who perceive accomplishment, much less leadership, in this banal person I find most tragic.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 15th, 2011
8:12 am

Wisdom from Buckhead

gm

July 15th, 2011
8:23 am

You go Sara, continue to make money off low self esteem angry whites, she had not had a job in 3 years now, talking about expoliting people.

Rick Patel

July 15th, 2011
8:31 am

Bold, brilliant, movie-star beautiful Sarah Palin is strong, savvy and sensible enough to restore this country to peace, prosperity, & unprecedented power as President.

Freedomlover24l

July 15th, 2011
8:58 am

Going to see the movie this afternoon. I love Sarah Palin. Possibly the best public servant of our generation. I don’t care what anyone else says, she is better than Obama.