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Think You Know Sarah Palin? Think Again
Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2011 | Elisabeth Meinecke

Posted on 06/06/2011 5:11:03 AM PDT by Kaslin

Sarah Palin is one of the most media-saturated figures today, as filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon of the new film “The Undefeated” points out. Yet, watching the film, the details about the ex-governor that have remained unknown to the ‘lower 48’ will stun the viewer.

The film itself has an interesting origin. The Palin team approached Bannon after the 2010 election about a film, but he wasn’t interested in the short video project they mentioned. Bannon decided to do a film that the Palin team had no editorial control over, although they did help him gain access to several key players from her time in Alaska. For those wondering whether Team Sarah wanted “The Undefeated” to come out in conjunction with some sort of presidential buzz, Bannon says that the team never expressed interest in or exerted any pressure on a movie release date.

Though the film production timeline was not, it appears, done with any kind of presidential 2012 campaign in mind, it is capable of giving people a second impression of Palin and one that could prove useful in a 2012 discussion, because it’s a documentary based on facts that show the governor as an astute leader and a smart woman, unlike how she has been portrayed for the better part of three years. Bannon himself is a Harvard grad and was impressed with how Palin governed the state. He also said even some liberals in the entertainment industry are garnering a great appreciation for her as a person of substance.

Maybe that’s because “The Undefeated” takes the better part of two hours to highlight something that many people have glossed over –Sarah Palin’s legislative accomplishments.

Americans hear the generic, cliché phrases about how Palin cleaned up the good old boys network in Alaska and improved the state’s energy infrastructure. But this movie gives you the facts and details reasons behind those clichés – it draws heavily on interviews from those who knew Alaska best, newspaper clippings and TV coverage of her time as an elected Alaskan official, and it is sewn together by narration from Palin herself that the director borrowed from audio of her book, Going Rogue.

As governor, Palin actually did comb through the Alaskan budget line by line and powerfully wielded the veto pen. She implemented important reforms to Alaska’s oil industry and pressured Exxon to start drilling again in Point Thomson after holding leasing on the land for years. The film includes an old TV report about the businesses that came to Wasilla thanks to its new pro-business atmosphere, fostered by Palin. And, unlike the Democrats who talk a big game about taking on Big Oil, Palin actually took on Big Oil with a tenacity that should make her Nancy Pelosi’s hero, releasing the stranglehold that those companies had on the oil resources and industry in her state. She didn’t stand for corruption in the Alaskan government – her ethical stance, in fact, was a key factor in the popularity that allowed her to run for governor.

What did her critics do? They responded by calling her a Spice Girl or some variation of Nordstrom girl – and this was back during her Wasilla days, way before the national media ever began launching torpedoes her way. Palin’s response? She won re-election as mayor of Wasilla with about 75 percent of the vote. She had an over 80 percent approval rating as governor.

It’s the sentiment of Bannon’s movie: think again before you underestimate Sarah Palin.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ak; elections; obama; palin; politic; romney; sarahpalin; theundefeated

1 posted on 06/06/2011 5:11:04 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Sarah Louise Palin

Born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, ID (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Charles R Heath, born in ID
Sarah Sheeran, born in WI

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of her birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Sarah Palin is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!

72:1:12

2 posted on 06/06/2011 5:12:07 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Kaslin

She had an over 80 percent approval rating as governor. -—

The corrupt media and slimey Democrats and ‘stars’, have done an effective character assassination on her.


3 posted on 06/06/2011 5:15:46 AM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Kaslin

When is the latest she can announce to enter the NH primary. I don’t thin she wins IOWA because she, unlike the other sheep, says no to ethanol subsidies.


4 posted on 06/06/2011 5:20:02 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: ASA Vet

Barry Sotero is a pencil-necked Mickey from Nairobi - the precise details and actual identities of his - um - provenance - may never be known.


5 posted on 06/06/2011 5:21:48 AM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: Kaslin
Mrs. Palin has been derided, mocked, and dismissed as a serious potential candidate ("she could not win the election" or "she is unelectable") by the current crop of political pundits and the msm (this includes FOX). The only group of people who believe - some very strongly - that Mrs. Palin has extraordinary potential both as a candidate and as our country's President....are most of the American voters.

So...Dick Morris, Tokyo Rove, juan williams, all talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, ABC and FOX. Go ahead. Keep it up. But know this. You're wrong. Dead wrong.

6 posted on 06/06/2011 5:26:13 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be ERADICATED....NOW!!)
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To: Freddd
“The corrupt media and slimey Democrats and ‘stars’, have done an effective character assassination on her.”

I recently heard numerous Republicans including my mother, insisting how stupid she is.

That being said, Reagan was insulted and castigated the same way. One day he was a dangerous warmonger and the next he was a slobbering idiot who took naps in between inventing AIDS and starving poor people.

She has done well. Sarah is just starting to fight.

7 posted on 06/06/2011 5:32:23 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Freddd
re: have done an effective character assassination on her The game isn't over. It's not even halftime yet. I see evidence of her beneath-the-radar approach to handling the MSM starting to show promise. The MSM, bless their black hearts, have never understood the law of unintended consequences. It never occurs to them that their ploy to assassinate her character might not work, and if it doesn't it will only serve to have improved her position to become the next president.
8 posted on 06/06/2011 5:36:24 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (I would rather lose with Sarah than win with a RINO!)
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To: Freddd; ASA Vet

Should she run and should she win in a landslide, the Lame Stream Media, the slimey democRats and ‘stars’ Will have to be committed to an insane asylum


9 posted on 06/06/2011 5:42:35 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Logic n' Reason

Add Karl Rove to the list of lying operatives trying to discredit her


10 posted on 06/06/2011 5:55:03 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Luke21

Any rational thinking person who watches her at a rally; or in a debate taking apart our Rino’s or the Teleprompter Messiah, will lose that “she’s stupid” notion toot sweet.


11 posted on 06/06/2011 5:55:39 AM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge the RINO's.)
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To: Kaslin
ineluctable

12 posted on 06/06/2011 6:01:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Kaslin

Sarah Palin reminds me in some respects of what happens when a person foolishly attempts to work with some types of steel.

They are attacking her like an idiot with a portable drill without oil on the bit, the more they try to drill the hotter the steel gets and thus hardening it and then the drilling stops because the drill is ruined.

Or like trying to force a steel threading tap too fast and it breaks off in the hole, at that point you are stuck with trying to remove a broken piece of high strength tool steel that resists almost anything thrown at it.

Yes Sarah Palin is most definitely tool grade steel, she has been folded, heat treated and machined to work with precision.

Eventually those that hate her will be like the proverbial room of a thousand monkey’s that given enough time can eventually perform a miracle. But for now all they do is chitter away and fling their feces upon her.

But who is in the cage and who has the freedom?


13 posted on 06/06/2011 6:04:22 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (2012, NO MORE LIES!)
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To: petercooper

Bingo! The best thing Sarah can do is to campaign, that’s the best remedy. Once she do that, the media narratives will start to collapse, book it


14 posted on 06/06/2011 6:29:55 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: onyx

Sarah ping.

Gotta see this movie.


15 posted on 06/06/2011 6:49:06 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Kaslin

Anybody know if this will be on DVD or something so we can see it?


16 posted on 06/06/2011 6:50:29 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: Kaslin

Remember, she will not only have to beat Obama but also the entrenched “Good ol’ Boys” in the RNC. I believe that she can do it! President Palin, 2012.


17 posted on 06/06/2011 6:52:10 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Freddd
"The corrupt media and slimey Democrats and ‘stars’, have done an effective character assassination on her."

And with her bus tour, she is returning the favor...in spades (and reversing the publics opinion of her). "The media" is coming off looking like the fools they are.

18 posted on 06/06/2011 7:07:45 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: nikos1121

I thought Cain and Pawlenty have also both said no to subsidies...


19 posted on 06/06/2011 7:12:01 AM PDT by RockinRight (Who is "Generic Republican" and why does he poll so much better against Obama than anyone else?)
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To: Kaslin

20 posted on 06/06/2011 7:12:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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bttt


21 posted on 06/06/2011 7:12:31 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (In the latter times the man [or woman] of virtue appears vile. --Tao Te Ching)
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To: Logic n' Reason
Mrs. Palin has been derided, mocked, and dismissed as a serious potential candidate ("she could not win the election" or "she is unelectable")...

This should be her campaign slogan: "Palin 2012. Ineluctable. Look it up."

22 posted on 06/06/2011 7:19:21 AM PDT by StonyMan451
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To: Eye of Unk

It’s like when you’re trying to assemble a rifle bolt by hand and you have the main spring pushed on and compressed, and you turn around to look for the keeper pin and your finger slips off the spring. All that compressed energy released at once is a (sometimes painful) wonder to behold.


23 posted on 06/06/2011 7:25:33 AM PDT by jstaff
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To: upchuck

Thanks very much!
I’m dying to see it!


24 posted on 06/06/2011 7:30:44 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: JoeProBono
PREFECT©

25 posted on 06/06/2011 7:31:42 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: nikos1121

She’ll win Iowa.


26 posted on 06/06/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT by thatjoeguy (Wind is just air, but pushier.)
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To: onyx
Mornin' Boss


27 posted on 06/06/2011 7:47:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

WOW! BEAUTIFUL!


28 posted on 06/06/2011 7:52:40 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: yldstrk

Just like she did in Alaska, she will cut the GOP off from the gravy train and they know it. In politics, you do not attack what you do not fear.

What kind of President would we rather have. One that is scrutinized and in turn, wants to do the very best job possible, or a lazy moron wandering about vacationing and playing who is lauded while accomplishing nothing?


29 posted on 06/06/2011 8:14:04 AM PDT by vlad335
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To: Kaslin
"They" hate her because she is pro life and she proved it!! Remember this is the abortion party they never, ever give on that main plank of the democrat party, abortion.

They are blinded to all other accomplishments, a woman who did it on her own, no ivy league school, no powerful father, no powerful husband to carry her to the position of Governor.

30 posted on 06/06/2011 8:22:29 AM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: yldstrk
Add Karl Rove to the list of lying operatives trying to discredit her

Karl Rove....aka...Tokyo Rove....already on list; in fact, damn near the top.

31 posted on 06/06/2011 9:03:09 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be ERADICATED....NOW!!)
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To: jwparkerjr
One trump card which Sarah holds is that she majored in journalism and actually worked in the field. She knows how these dirtbags think and how to play them.

Yes, she made a huge mistake by going into the Katie Couric interview thinking it was friendly. After all, they had both worked their way to the top in male dominated fields and Sarah was led to believe it would be a friendly interview. She won't make the mistake again.

32 posted on 06/06/2011 10:11:03 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
re: going into the Katie Couric interview thinking it was friendly

I suspect she is a subscriber to the "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!" theory. I agree, I don't think she'll be making that move again. She seems to have learned her lesson very well. Those who continue to underestimate her after all the evidence to contrary do so at their peril. They deserve whatever they get!
33 posted on 06/06/2011 10:34:11 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (I would rather lose with Sarah than win with a RINO!)
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To: Kaslin

“Should she run and should she win in a landslide, the Lame Stream Media, the slimey democRats and ‘stars’ Will have to be committed to an insane asylum”

I’m hoping so. I just had a huge argument with an old ( and very liberal ) friend where I was called an “ideological zombie” for being a Palin supporter. She certainly drives the left completely crazy. :-/


34 posted on 06/06/2011 10:38:11 AM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: Kaslin

I hope somebody is keeping a list of all those journolist scumbags, Progressive losers, RINO Republicans and assorted Dems who are trying with all their energy to savage Sarah. (Their effort isn’t working, but it is revealing.)

We might need that list one of these days. Then we might need to start crossing names off that list.


35 posted on 06/06/2011 7:39:36 PM PDT by DNME (With the sound of distant drums ... something wicked this way comes.)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.facebook.com/TheUndefeatedMovie


36 posted on 06/06/2011 7:56:30 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: RockinRight

Pawlenty is saying that NOW.....he mandated them when governer though... talk the talk does not = walk the walk


37 posted on 06/07/2011 1:55:22 PM PDT by DrewsMum (There is no other NAME whereby we may be saved....JESUS!)
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To: Kaslin
In·e·luc·ta·ble   [in-i-luhk-tuh-buhl]

adjective

incapable of being evaded; inescapable: an ineluctable destiny.

Yep, that's our Sarah!

38 posted on 08/16/2011 5:49:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (democRATS—just doing al Qaeda ground work? Obama owns it all now.)
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To: Vigilanteman

The one thing I fear because it might throw her off a bit is McCain turning against her. She had better be prepared for that possibility.


39 posted on 08/16/2011 6:45:51 PM PDT by xp38
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