Is Sarah Palin Really Jumping into the Presidential Race?

It's been widely assumed that Sarah Palin isn't running in 2012 –– her poll numbers have plummeted, and she has very limited support throughout the GOP. But her recent purchase of a $1.7 million mansion in Scottsdale, Arizona –– and complete overhaul of her team of advisers–– has pundits wondering if she isn't thinking otherwise. Now there's more evidence that we may be looking at a Palin candidacy: last year, she enlisted conservative filmmaker Steven K. Bannon to make a feature-length movie about her failed Alaska governorship and controversial resignation, and next month it will make its debut... in Iowa.

Who debuts their film in Iowa? People looking to shift the discourse of the electorate, that's who. And if there's anything Palin has learned in the past couple years, it's how to twist the facts in her favor, making her supporters believe she's the victim of some kind of mainstream media conspiracy, even while using their own channels (to varying effect -- 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' anyone?).

RealClearPolitics got a sneak peek of the film, which is titled The Undefeated, and features interviews with Palin-supporter faves like Andrew Breitbart...:

Divided into three acts, the film makes the case that despite the now cliched label, Palin was indeed a maverick who confronted the powerful forces lined up against her to achieve wide-ranging success in a short period of time. The second part of the film's message is just as clear, if more subjective: that Sarah Palin is the only conservative leader who can both build on the legacy of the Reagan Revolution and bring the ideals of the tea party movement to the Oval Office.

Rife with religious metaphor and unmistakable allusions to Palin as a Joan of Arc-like figure, "The Undefeated" echoes Palin's "Going Rogue" in its tidy division of the world between the heroes who are on her side and the villains who seek to thwart her at every turn.

And in case you thought she'd be cryptic about a run, after a couple hours of image-scrubbing and avoidance of hot-button issues like abortion, RealClearPolitics reports that 'the film's coda is introduced with an on-screen caption that reads, "From here, I can see November." It is here that Mark Levin alludes to Ronald Reagan as a Palin-like insurgent who was also once distrusted by the GOP establishment.'

Read the full piece over here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 26, 2011, 3:50am

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