Palin’s record takes center stage in ‘The Undefeated’

Many politicians don’t practice what they preach. They make campaign promises they rarely keep. And they love to talk ethics, transparency, and bipartisanship — until they are sworn into office, that is.

Stephen K. Bannon’s documentary on Sarah Palin, “The Undefeated,” reveals a former city council member, mayor, governor, and vice-presidential candidate who has never been a darling of the establishment, but has managed to stick to her guns every step of the way. Via a montage of media criticism of Palin from the mouths of Matt Damon, Bill Maher, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Ed Koch, Sharon Osbourne, and others, Bannon quickly establishes a contrast between the fictional character of Palin that has been presented by the media and the real-life woman who shook up business as usual through policies grounded in free-market principles and putting government back on the side of the people.

A good portion of “The Undefeated” focuses on setting the record straight on Palin’s record, featuring commentary from key players in Alaska such as former Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton, Palin attorney Tom Van Flein, former Wasilla Deputy Mayor Judy Patrick, former state Sen. Gene Therriault, former pipeline adviser Marty Rutherford, and others. Via a blend of their commentary and segments plucked from Sarah Palin’s audio book of Going Rogue, viewers experience an up-close look at Palin’s years of public service, beginning with her focus on fiscal responsibility, infrastructure development, and tax reductions as city council member and mayor.

Bannon illuminates some of Palin’s major policy achievements as governor, including the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), a strong ethics reform bill, and seeing to it that drilling began at Pt. Thomson after over 25 years of ExxonMobil sitting on its contracts without action. Most importantly, Bannon links it all together through shared themes — a distaste for closed-door negotiations, a belief in the power of free-market competition to yield the best results, and a desire to uphold the Alaska Constitution and to protect the rights and interests of hard-working Alaskans.

“The Undefeated” also chronicles Palin’s entry onto the national stage via the Republican National Convention, the McCain/Palin campaign, and beyond. Bannon intersperses segments of Palin’s speeches with commentary from Mark R. Levin, Tammy Bruce, Kate Obenshain, Andrew Breitbart, and other charismatic contributors. Levin provides fantastic parallels between the TEA Party movement and the Reagan Revolution, as well as highlights the similar manner in which many in the GOP establishment have gone after both Reagan and Palin. Tammy Bruce pulls no punches in presenting Palin as a woman led by authenticity of purpose and commitment to principle right from the start.

But it is Bannon who has woven everything together piece by piece, so that Palin’s 2008 RNC speech and 2011 Wisconsin Tea Party rally speech impact viewers with renewed meaning. They’re not words from a politician who is simply saying what people want to hear. They’re words that are directly in line with everything Sarah Palin has done in politics from the beginning — stand tall against establishment criticism, fight for what she believes in, and “work for the ordinary, hardworking people — like everyone who was a part of my ordinary, hardworking world.”

  • ChristinaBaker

    Sarah Palin’s got one waste of time documentary here. We should compare the world of Harry Potter which has more facts than the fantasy world of Tea Party Queen better known as Dumb As Rocks Sarah Palin.

    Harry Potter will be remembered as a class act.

    Sarah Palin will be remembered as the White Trash Devil worshipper leaching off clueless dormaciles without a life or purpose.
    Harry Potter is up lifting.

    Sarah wants her anarchist group called the Tea Party to ruin our country by taking money from the poor, middle class and Social Security precipitants. This is the Koch Brothers indoctrinated plan drilled into Sarah Palin’s empty lame brain. The Koch Brothers who are worth $22 billion a piece have been financing the John Birch Society and all the Tea Party elections in order to fulfill the dream of their father.

    He was a co-founder of the John Birch Society. We all know how intelligently miss directed that group of white supremacists were in the 1950. They are back. The get trained in special weekend retreats just like the Tea Party politicians running our government. Same trainers teaching stupidity and anti American information. Isn’t that Sarah Palin in a nut shell.

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  • slehar

    The ethical contrast between Sarah Palin and the likes of Wiener, Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Barak Obama is so glaring, as is the contrast between their “images” as projected in the lamestream media.

    If Sarah Palin were to run for president, I would back her just to stick it to the media, and show them we don’t buy their lies any more.

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