Political junkies will be keeping their eyes on Iowa this Tuesday.
President Obama is taking a trip back to the state that launched his 2008 presidential rocket ride, and so is one of his most prominent critics: Sarah Palin.
As people wait to see if Palin will run for president next year, she plans to go to Pella, Iowa, on Tuesday for what promoters call the world premiere of The Undefeated, a documentary about her political rise.
“We are very excited to visit historic Pella and its opera house and look forward to seeing the finished film for the first time with fellow Americans from the heartland,” said the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president.
Earlier in the day, about 150 miles to the east, Obama will be in Bettendorf, Iowa, for a visit to the Alcoa Davenport Works Factory. The White House schedule says Obama will “tour the facility and discuss the critical role that the manufacturing sector plays in the American economy.”
Iowa is always a sentimental journey for Obama. His victory over Hillary Rodham Clinton (and John Edwards) in the 2008 Democratic caucuses put him ahead on the road to the White House.
The dueling visits of Obama and Palin follow another big Iowa political event on Monday: The kickoff of the Republican campaign of Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn.
Here’s a description of the Palin documentary from its promoters:
The Undefeated features leading prominent political commentators Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce and Andrew Breitbart as well as conservative activists Kate Obenshein, Sonnie Johnson and Jamie Radtke. Additionally, the film features interviews with Alaskan civil servants, elected officials and advisors who were involved in Alaskan politics during Governor Palin’s tenure.
Filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon recently previewed his newest film, The Undefeated, a documentary about Sarah Palin, conservative superstar and scourge of the left. Bannon (along with the fine folks at Citizens United) also made Fire From The Heartland, a movie that chronicles the contributions women have made to the conservative movement. The subject matter of his new film is sure to start a firestorm that will spread across the current political landscape.
The style of The Undefeated is similar to Fire From the Heartland, with news footage and personal photographs and video being interspersed with stock photos and vignettes. Gov. Palin herself is not interviewed for the film, but snippets from the audio version of her autobiography, Going Rogue, serve to clarify and expound upon several key developments in her life and time in the public eye. Many of her Alaskan colleagues and friends are interviewed, giving the viewer a better idea of what the pre-2008 Sarah Palin was like. And, as it turns out, she’s quite like the Sarah Palin of 2011: smart, determined and unpredictable.
The Undefeated is divided into three parts. Act I details Sarah Palin’s early life and her first forays into politics. We travel along with her as she runs for mayor of Wasilla and as she fights the GOP establishment in Alaska to become governor. The scene of her announcing her gubernatorial campaign from her kitchen in Wasilla is one that any grassroots activist can appreciate. Similarly, there is a scene relating how she relocated her inauguration from the traditional Juneau to the more sentimental choice of Fairbanks, indicating that she has been going rogue for a long while now.
Act II goes into great detail about the struggles and accomplishments of the Palin Administration. Turns out, Gov. Palin was (and is) well versed in energy and oil, budgets (she was not afraid to wield the line item veto!), and ethics reform. Special attention is paid to Palin’s role in facilitating the AGIA license, which brought a long-awaited gas pipeline to fruition. This portion of the film was heavy on the oil and gas issues, underscoring their importance to Alaska and Palin’s mastery of their intricacies.
Act III starts in August of 2008, the point where many of us came to know Sarah Palin as she joined John McCain on the GOP ticket. This is also the point in the film where we get to see the left dissolve into witlessness and vulgarity when faced with the possibility of a conservative woman becoming vice president. [Note: There will likely be two different versions of the movie released — one that is family-oriented and one that contains the obscene rhetoric of the left in all its glory.] It’s sad that revisiting these images is no longer shocking, as we have come to expect this of the left, particularly when it comes to their treatment of Sarah Palin and other prominent conservative women.
There is an interesting theory floated in this part of the film: The crowds that greeted Sarah Palin on the campaign trail in 2008 eventually morphed into the tea party movement of 2009. There is some merit to this observation, as certainly many an activist was born in the fall of 2008, including yours truly.
Another important facet of the third and final act is the coverage of Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska in July of 2009. There has been much speculation about the reasons behind her decision and what, ultimately, will be the fallout. The Undefeated provides ample support for the idea that the seemingly endless barrage of junk ethic lawsuits filed against her left her no choice. Indeed, an underlying theme of the entire film is Sarah Palin’s devotion to Alaska, making the case that she resigned for the good of her beloved state. It may not have been the decision most politicians would have made, but Sarah Palin is most definitely not like most politicians.
The Undefeated will surely be a must-see for all Palin fans, who will enjoy reliving the events that brought her to national prominence. Those who are not her biggest fans may be surprised at what they learn about the woman whose image the press has tried so hard to destroy (hint: she’s really, really normal). The media will, of course, dissect every second of the film looking for new ways to mock her, even as they zigzag around the country chasing her tour bus, hoping that she’ll stop to talk to them.
Love her or hate her, Sarah commands attention and leaves you guessing what she’ll do next. And that is the power of Palin.
Deepak Chopra puts on a great show that he’s some kind of spiritual guru, but at heart, he’s really just your typical angry conservative-hating leftist.
This comes from the Deepok Chopra website, via Free Republic:
It will be a devastating loss if Sarah Palin peddles enough books and visits enough gun shows that she has no incentive to run for President. There would be many chances for unique moments in the White House if she won. How about Sarah on horseback, riding through the Potomac basin like Paul Revere, ringing bells like he did and shouting, “The Democrats are coming!” That would give folks ample warning to quickly cling to their guns and religion before the left wing snatches them away.
I know that she suffered ridicule for her version of Paul Revere’s ride, but from a Hollywood standpoint, she actually improved the story. Movies have soundtracks, in case anyone didn’t notice, and bells are a lot more cinematic than one lantern hanging in a church steeple. Or even two. (You can hear her defense of her version on Fox News, or as my friends call it, the F Channel.)
Since Wall Street’s recklessness plunged us into a national nightmare from which we are trying to awaken, it’s hurtful to say, as some do, that Sarah is the national nightmare. Not true. She is historically inevitable. First there was Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party, now there is Sarah’s Shoot Moose Party. And she’s amazingly cheerful about this recession (of course, her own checkbook has fattened, but she has spread the wealth by buying a free shotgun shell reloader for every voter in Alaska).
I have some personal atonement to perform, because in the 2008 election I posted an article saying that Sarah Palin stood for our collective shadow, the pent-up bigotry, hatred, and anger that was suddenly being vented. She was Joe the Plumber’s calendar girl. She was the secret hero of Alcoholics Anonymous, whose slogan is that you can’t recover until you hit rock bottom. President Palin would show us that we haven’t remotely hit bottom yet.
The mistake was mine, though. Sarah would smile her way into the Presidency and then show pointy-head critics the error of their ways. Not that she would ask Americans to turn on one another in vicious divisiveness — been there, done that. With 70% of the public so misguided as to consider her unqualified to be President, she has a bigger job to do than fomenting discord and calling anyone who disagrees with the Tea Party a socialist…
Of course, this isn’t the first time the far left crank attacked Sarah Palin.
As the article below indicates, Ynet has reported the attendance of Governor Palin and others at Glenn Beck’s rally in Israel. I have not heard any confirmation via the media that this is a definite done deal. Stay tuned for more information when/if it becomes available.
When Governor Palin recently visited Israel, she said she would return. Ynet reports that this is expected to happen this summer as she joins Glenn Beck and other prominent Americans for his Restoring Courage Rally in August:
Tens of thousands of excited Israelis and Americans, music performances, appearances by local and international celebrities, senior politicians and a live broadcast that will reach millions of viewers – this is just some of what is in store for Glenn Beck’s upcoming rally “to restore courage,” which is set to take place on August 24 in Jerusalem.
Beck has been leading a publicity campaign for the event over the past few weeks, urging his viewers and listeners to fly out to the Holy Land.
Christian Fox News personality aims to show support for Israel by recreating last August’s rally “to restore honor,” which he held in Washington, DC.
This year, the Wailing Wall will replace Lincoln Memorial as the backdrop for the event, which will take place at Jerusalem’s Old City and the Teddy Stadium simultaneously.
The multi-million dollar production is expected to be attended by a convoy of American dignitaries, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. US Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat, and Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Congresswoman Michelle Backman.
Expert Analysis: Sarah Palin’s Writing Scores Higher Than That Of Most Educated AmericansBy Gary P JacksonOne of the biggest media failures in quite some time has been the spectacle of going through Sarah Palin’s e-mails from her time as Governor of Alaska.
The media was so overjoyed at what they perceived as an opportunity to find all kinds of juicy stories about corruption, incompetence, and so on, they dropped all pretense of being actual journalists, and begged readers to help them sort through the 24,000 some odd e-mails and reporting on “the dirt.”
I haven’t seen something blow up in someone’s face this bad since Diane Oughton was making bombs for Obama’s best buddy Bill Ayers!Instead of finding the incompetent boob our corrupt media had been telling their readers about for years, those going through Governor Palin’s e-mails found a solid CEO who worked long hours doing the people’s business.
They found a Governor who was incredibly intelligent, and unlike our current president, almost fanatical about making sure there was transparency in her government.The democrats, their corrupt media partners, and the GOP elites have assured us that Sarah Palin is stupid to the point of barely being able to tie her own shoe. They’ve also told us for years that her well written newspaper op-eds, and Facebook notes MUST have been written by someone else. So too her two NY Times best selling books .Well, thanks to the media’s zeal, yet another lie about Sarah Palin has been shot down.
From the NY Daily News:It turns out Palin’s writing skills are still better than most educated Americans. Global Language Monitor gave Palin’s emails a score of 8.2, which actually exceeds that of most chief execs. “She’s very concise. She gives clear orders. Her sentences and punctuations are logical,” said Paul Payack of GLS. “She has much more of a disciplined mind than she’s given credit for.”John Katzman, CEO of another company, 2tor, gave Palin a score of 8.5. He said the potential presidential candidate’s emails scored higher than his own, when based on the widely-used Flesch-Kincaid readability test.But what do the scores actually mean? Payack offered Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettyburg Address” and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as points of comparison. They earned scores of 9.1 and 8.8, respectively. Hmm, being compared to fellow Republicans Abraham Lincoln and Dr Martin Luther King. That’s pretty heady stuff. You may have noticed the media’s interest in Governor Palin’s e-mails died almost as quickly as it was born.
Now you know why. It’s hard to sell someone as corrupt, inept, and stupid when every piece of evidence shows that not to be true..One thing about it, when she takes office in 2013, President Sarah Palin will be the most vetted President in our nation’s history. The exact opposite of Barack Obama!