Sarah Palin's 'The Undefeated': We saw it so you don't have to!

the_undefeated

A documentarian could hardly ask for a better subject than Sarah Palin. Love her or hate her, the former governor of Alaska has managed to remain in the public spotlight thanks to her captivating (and polarizing) persona — a self-appointed mama grizzly who positions herself as so outside the political system that she can host a reality-television show and somehow get away with it.

Ideally, a documentary about Palin’s swift rise to national prominence would investigate both her notable triumphs and numerous gaffes. But considering The Undefeated‘s title, no one is going to approach it expecting a balanced account of Palin’s career. I checked it out Sunday night at a multiplex in Orange, Calif., one of 10 theaters it played in last weekend and the closest one to Los Angeles. (The film expands to 14 locations this weekend.) About 30 moviegoers joined me, filling up maybe a fifth of the auditorium. And they dug what they saw, showering the movie with applause at its conclusion.

As for my thoughts, let me begin by saying that the film’s staunch one-sidedness, while unfortunate, isn’t a major flaw in-and-of itself. Although The Undefeated is essentially a two-hour love fest for Palin, director and writer Stephen K. Bannon (In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed) has every artistic right to tell this woman’s story with the reverence he believes she deserves. When it comes to crafting an engrossing and coherent narrative, however, The Undefeated might as well resign.

The movie commences with a montage of attacks against Palin from the media and such Hollywood figures as Matt Damon and Bill Maher. It’s one thing to point out that Palin has often been viciously ridiculed, but Bannon eschews subtlety here in favor of enraged intensity. With the conviction of a fuming Howard Beale, Bannon slices and dices his footage like a heavy-metal music video. The result is exhausting, and it soon becomes apparent that the entire movie will be handled in a similar manner. David Cebert’s incessant score ominously broods when “corrupt politicians” or “elitist liberals” invade the screen, only to switch to an angelic female singer when Palin delivers a speech.

After cementing Palin’s victimhood, The Undefeated travels back to the disastrous Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, which Palin claims planted the seed for her political aspirations. From there, Bannon traces Palin’s ascent from small-town mayor to Alaska’s youngest and first female governor. This section of the film has the most to offer, as it’s easy to forget that the first half of Palin’s governorship was marked by strong approval ratings and some significant legislative victories.

Bannon interviews an assortment of Palin’s former colleagues and advisers, who portray the woman as a bipartisan go-getter unafraid to confront Big Oil. (Palin, who wasn’t interviewed for the film, occasionally chimes in via excerpts from her audio book Going Rogue: An American Life.) The movie focuses on such achievements as the governor’s role in passing the ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share) program, which — earmuffs, Tea Party Nation — raised taxes on oil companies and redistributed the wealth to the state’s residents.

But as The Undefeated progresses, Bannon increasingly relies on hyperbolic visual metaphors. Clips of the media criticizing Palin are juxtaposed with footage of lions preying on a zebra, and the mere mention of unethical politicians is followed by a shot of men cackling while puffing their cigars. The technique bears some resemblance to Michael Moore’s filmmaking style, but Moore finds humor in the way he intertwines stock footage with pop-culture references and sensationalized skits. Bannon, on the other hand, is more concerned about hammering out his points through sheer repetition. He believes government is wasteful, and he’s got three shots of money swirling down a toilet to prove it.

The rest of the documentary deals with Palin’s transition from Alaskan success story to national celebrity, with conservative bigwigs like Mark Levin and Andrew Breitbart adding their voices to the choir. A considerable chunk of time is spent revisiting Palin’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention, with Bannon relying on low-grade digital video that wouldn’t pass muster on YouTube. Curiously, Bannon skips the majority of the election campaign — John McCain is barely mentioned — and moves straight into Palin’s return to Alaska, her subsequent resignation, and her newfound status as a Tea Party luminary.

In regard to Palin stepping down from office, Bannon posits that her decision was solely the result of being bombarded by ethics investigations, which allegedly made it impossible for her to concentrate on governing Alaska. But the film, not surprisingly, fails to mention that Palin’s resignation also opened the door to such financially lucrative opportunities as her TLC program Sarah Palin’s Alaska and her paid contributions to Fox News.

By the time we reach The Undefeated‘s coda, which practically ordains Palin as the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the movie has become nothing more than a gaudy campaign ad to rally the hockey mom’s supporters. That’s a shame, for Palin deserves a documentary that thoughtfully considers her impact on political discourse. For now, we’re left with this hyperventilating dog of a film — one that’s willing to do whatever it takes to please its master.

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  • Sarah Palin is a w h o r e. The Republicans are Nazis

    And they can go Teabag themselves!

    Jon Stewart for President in 2012

    • Mary

      Palin is a pig and anybody stupid enough to vote for the Teabag party doesn’t care at all about America OR God. They are just imbeciles.

      • Devin “Badass Digest” Faraci

        Yep!

      • Tharpie

        Wow, with comments like these, I’d venture a guess that you don’t care much about God either. Just saying. Hateful much???

      • NancyN

        The brilliance of your cogent debate points staggers the mind.

      • Redeyecat

        Stay classy libs. Every juvenile, stupid sick comment just makes Palin look better and better.

      • keith

        Now mary , you shouldn’t talk about your mom like that .

      • jared4ever

        WELL SAID!!!

      • Ann

        You make the right’s case with every keystroke. Why the hyperbolic vitriol, and so sophomorically put.

      • Venjeana

        It’s really too bad that you had to use a derogatory sexual term for the tea party. It’s sad that disgusting language is the norm anymore and the MSM is also guilty of it as well.

      • Bill

        Nice to see the liberal “new tone” is still alive and well.

        Next time you throw on some big boy pants and crawl out of your parents basement, I’d like to see if you have the balls to say something like that to my face or the face of any other non-drone.

        I’d have to open a can of whoop-ass on ya.

      • Saul

        You are 100 per cent correct.

      • Hey Bill

        Hey Bill,

        What are going to do to him? Gather a posse of four or five of your God-fearing redneck pals and beat the crap out of him? Calm down, dude, deer hunting season isn’t too far away. We all know you need to quench that homicidal rage inside you.

      • hopeandlove

        What’s even scarier is that our government allows people like you to pro-create. Your comments speak volumes about your maturity level. Meanwhile, Palin is pocketing millions while you post on a EW board…Priceless.

      • Pat Kelley

        And you have nothing to post, more of the same dribble, Offer some solutions dirtbag,

      • Pat Kelley

        Hey Mary, Your an idiot with nothing to offer but mindless dribble.

      • BobAlong

        Mary…..you coundn’t carry Sarah’s bra……You are a nobody spreading your hate for anyone or anything that is decent!

    • gingersmom

      I hate most of the better known republicans for many reasons but they are not nazis.

      • ste

        In 2010 Republicans tried to elect a guy named Rich Iott, who said he admired the Nazis for what they accomplished and dressed up like a Nazi on weekends to reenact ww2 battles were the Nazis lost, but have the Nazi reenactors win. 80,000 republicans voted for him.

      • Tharpie

        “When contacted by The Atlantic, Iott confirmed his involvement with the group over a number of years, but said his interest in Nazi Germany was historical and he does not subscribe to the tenets of Nazism. “No, absolutely not,” he said. “In fact, there’s a disclaimer on the [Wiking] website. And you’ll find that on almost any reenactment website. It’s purely historical interest in World War II.” – A little research refutes your claim. He’s a reenactor. That’s all.

      • @Tharpie

        You should have done some more research yourself. Iott was trying to backpedal. The group Iott belonged to praised the Nazis for fighting Communism, which they claim was the primary reason Nazis went to war in Europe.
        .
        Iott has publically talked of his admiration for Nazi Germany. From the Atlantic Magazine, Oct. 8, 2010:

        “Iott, a member of the Ohio Military Reserve, added, ‘I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things. I mean, they took over most of Europe and Russia, and it really took the combined effort of the free world to defeat them. From a purely historical military point of view, that’s incredible.’
        *

        Iott says the group chose the Wiking division in part because it fought on the Eastern Front, mainly against the Russian Army, and not U.S. or British soldiers. The group’s website includes a lengthy history of the Wiking unit, a recruitment video, and footage of goose-stepping German soldiers marching in the Warsaw victory parade after Poland fell in 1939. The website makes scant mention of the atrocities committed by the Waffen SS, and includes only a glancing reference to the ‘twisted’ nature of Nazism. Instead, it emphasizes how the Wiking unit fought Bolshevist Communism: ‘Nazi Germany had no problem in recruiting the multitudes of volunteers willing to lay down their lives to ensure a “New and Free Europe”, free of the threat of Communism.’
        *
        Historians of Nazi Germany vehemently dispute this characterization. ‘These guys don’t know their history,’ said Charles W. Sydnor, Jr., a retired history professor and author of ‘Soldiers of Destruction: The SS Death’s Head Division, 1933-45,’ which chronicles an SS division. ‘They have a sanitized, romanticized view of what occurred.’ Sydnor added that re-enactments like the Wiking group’s are illegal in Germany and Austria. ‘If you were to put on an SS uniform in Germany today, you’d be arrested.’
        *
        The actual Wiking unit has a history as grisly as that of other Nazi divisions. In her book ‘The Death Marches of Hungarian Jews Through Austria in the Spring of 1945,’ Eleonore Lappin, the noted Austrian historian, writes that soldiers from the Wiking division were involved in the killing of Hungarian Jews in March and April 1945, before surrendering to American forces in Austria.
        *
        ‘What you often hear is that the [Wiking] division was never formally accused of anything, but that’s kind of a dodge,’ says Prof. Rob Citino, of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas, who examined the Wiking website. ‘The entire German war effort in the East was a racial crusade to rid the world of ‘subhumans,’ Slavs were going to be enslaved in numbers of tens of millions. And of course the multimillion Jewish population of Eastern Europe was going to be exterminated altogether. That’s what all these folks were doing in the East. It sends a shiver up my spine to think that people want to dress up and play SS on the weekend.’”

    • Tharpie

      YAY!!! More sexist bigotry from the socialist peanut gallery.

      • stan

        …peanuts…

      • daisy

        I am a woman and I hate her, so am I sexist too?

      • Tomfred

        We don’t hate her because she’s a woman, we hate her because she is an idiot and we don’t agree with her policies, and there is a large difference between democratic, socialist, and communist. Read up on the communist manifesto and what democrats and socialists value before calling them the same, because they are about as much the same as democracy and a monarchy. It is like saying republicanism and fascism the same.

      • Tharpie

        It has nothing to do with Sarah Palin and everything to do with this person’s comments. Referring to female members of the Tea Party as “tea baggers” is sexist and incredibly bigoted.

      • Tharpie

        @Tomfred. I am well aware of the differences between socialism, communism, and fascism (also known as progressivism). The fact remains, they are all socio-poliical philosophies that promote statism and undermine individual freedom. They are all sides of the same statist die. Regardless of the system of statist government, the result is always the same. Tyranny, starvation, death, and violence. Read some history.

      • Larry’s Boss

        I’m sure if we were talking about Hillary Clinton, you wouldn’t be rushing to her defense. Liberal and conservative trolls with double standards are basically one and the same – they just don’t know it.

      • Jeremy Freedman

        nothing more pathetic than a contard Palindrone getting all PC.

      • Smooth_Roads

        “Regardless of the system of statist government, the result is always the same. Tyranny, starvation, death, and violence.” Yea Western European nations like Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands are really suffering from starvation, death and violence. I know having the ability to obtain health care is such a horrible thing and infringes on everyone’s freedom. Individual freedoms is another word for the wealthy to hoard the money. The rich are getting wealthier and the middle class is being driving down, where’s the freedom in that. I love how liberal are labeled as elitist. The party who’s policies favors the middle and lower class. I also love how republicans claim to be Christians while they refuse to implement policy to help the poor while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest people in the country. Isn’t Jesus’ main message to help the poor?

      • @Tharpie

        Tea Party members originally called themselves “Tea Baggers.”

        Saying that calling a woman a “Tea Bagger” is sexist suggests you don’t know what that term is slang for. I suggest looking online at the Urban Dictionary.

      • @Tharpie

        Fascism is NOT also known as Progesssivism.
        *
        Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
        *
        Progressivism: a political philosophy that advocates moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action. Among the social issues advocated by Progressives are: Labor Rights, Women’s rights, Social Justice, Racial Equality, Civil Liberties.

      • S.C.

        You’re not really familiar with the Progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are you, Tharpie? They favored the sort of corporatist economics associated with fascism (meaning the govenrment directing all aspects of economic life, NOT the corporations running everything), and they eschewed the traditional system of checks and balances as outdated in favor of a system centered around a powerful executive who would act as “leader-interpreter.” It’s a historical fact that Progressives in the 20′s praised Mussolini as “an Italian TR,” referrring to Teddy Roosevelt.

        Fascism isn’t Progressivism, but they’re cousins.

      • Mocha

        “Tea Baggers” is what members of the Tea Party originally called themselves, and I think you don’t know what it means–calling a woman that is not sexist, it doesn’t even make anatomical sense.

        And I don’t understand why “socialist” is being used as an insult…if you look at the many successfully socialist European countries, you can see that it should in no way be equated with fascism.

      • Terri

        Thanks @Tharpie for your comments; reasoned, well stated, factual based on evidence,particularly the comments defining fascism and progressivism.

        Also, Nazi’s defined themselves as national socialists.

        Very, very few in the US has any idea about what these terms; socialism, communism, fascism, etc, really means. They only know the emenies propagandic definitions and catch phrases of them.

      • @S.C.

        Fascism and Progressivism aren’t related.

        The Progressive Party of the early 20th century, AKA The Bull Moose Party, was actually a party in favor of giving regular people more of a say in government through initiative, referendum, and recall.
        .

        From the Miller Center at the University of Viginia:

        “Declaring that he felt “as strong as a Bull Moose,” Roosevelt gave the new party its popular name—the Bull Moose Party—and described its party platform as “New Nationalism.” Its tenets included political justice and economic opportunity, and it sought a minimum wage for women; an eight-hour workday; a social security system; a national health service; a federal securities commission; and direct election of U.S. senators. The platform also supported the initiative, referendum, and recall as means for the people to exert more direct control over government. TR worried about the power of the minority—often politicians—over the majority and thought these changes would make government more accountable to the people.”

    • halo

      You do realize that TEABAG is a gay slur, right??
      Gotta love the “tolerance” from the left.

      • Leithen

        Slur?

        I know it’s an activity.

      • @halo

        Teabag is NOT a gay slur. It’s an activity that can be done by a man to either a man or woman.
        A lot of college frats and High Schoold and College sports teams have been caught doing Tea Bagging as an initiation.

      • Nicole

        If teabag is a gay slur than my straight male friends have a lot of photos of themselves drunkenly gay slurring each other at college parties.

      • Colin

        You are so ridiculously stupid. Teabag is not a gay slur. It’s an act…that can be done to either a man or woman you fool.

      • Jesse

        Tea-bag was never anything derogatory, ever.

    • big d

      go palin yell baby

    • EW Morons

      Oh no. Rich people are so evil. Nothing is fair. Why won’t they share all of their stolen money? Why do I have work for a living? Life should be more fair. Give me your money so I can stay at home and watch TV. Yes, they are evil. I know better. I pontificate on EW. Now that’s a forum for change. Great place for a political article.

    • @Bill

      Can of whoop-ass???? Seriously??
      Hellooooo 1992!
      Way to stay current there, Arsenio.

    • Sage

      Stewart worshippers are the least independent-thinking people I’ve ever met. They say “teabag” and think it’s tantamount to an actual argument.

    • Patty

      How stupid Nazi stands for National Socialist party. Republican are not the socialists in this country

      • @Patty

        When the Nazi party began in 1919, he original name was the German Workers Party. In 1920, they changed their name to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party in order to try to appeal to a larger audience. But they had no real interest in socialism. They were
        Conservatives in favor of a nation only for Christian Aryans.
        The liberal party in Germany was the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Hitler outlawed that party in 1933 and jailed its leaders. The party was re-established after WWII.
        *
        Patty, Republicans aren’t socialists, as they have no concern for the rights of average people. The GOP wants to suck the Middle Class dry in order to benefit the wealthy.

    • Tom

      As I have seen more and more over the last two years the lefties that are constantly say if you are not blue you are a racist are the least tolerant people in the world. If you do not think JUST like them they always resort to name calling

    • abadstroller

      That’s a whole lot of review for a whole lot of nothing.

    • BobAlong

      Man…..they don’t come much more stupid than you!!!

  • Ugly Jenny

    As much as I love EW and look forward every week to getting my subscription in the mail, I hate the blatant bias that this magazine has towards any actor, politician, or entertainer that has any conservative tendencies. I hope that EW knows that there are conservative subscripers (your included) and when there is such obvious political bias, it alienates those readers. It would be helpful to keep that in mind.

    • Devin “Badass Digest” Faraci

      I dont’ see why EW should cow-tow to the side which is racist, greedy, warmongering, selfish, fascist, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-muslim. Maybe they don’t want your business because you are horrible people who live your life as if we are in the Bronze Age.

      • JPX

        Word.

      • Tharpie

        Do you really believe all of that, or are you just using it because it’s your best weapon? Either way you answer, it speaks negatively of your character.

      • Ugly Jenny

        My initial comment was civil with no inflammatory rhetoric, where as your comment shows nothing but that. To make a sweeping generalization about people because of their political affilitaiton doesn’t make you any better than those so called narrow-minded people you label so easily.

      • kahuna

        @Devin. Holler! :)

      • halo

        Care to cite from evidence there Devin? Buzzwords, no facts.
        Lol living life in the Bronze Age? Isn’t that Muslims who let women be treated like chattel and refuse girls rights to go to school, drive a car, own a business…
        You, sir, are an idiot.
        I may not like SP, but you know what ALL WOMEN DESERVE BETTER than the way BOTH Palin and Clinton were treated in the media in 2008.
        IE “Nailin Palin” and “Cold &itch Clinton”
        WE LIVE IN A SEXIST SOCIETY.
        And apparently that is one “ism” everyone is cool with.

      • Nicole

        @Halo – Sexism is a problem no doubt, but in all honesty, if Sarah Palin was a man, nobody would be talking about her. They would have just said, ‘oh, this guy’s an idiot – move on’. But she was used by the republicans to provide a female counterpoint to Clinton. That’s the only reason she ever got as far as she did, so let’s not forget that. She can claim sexism all she wants, but she also owes her current status to her folksy cutesy image, pretty hair and mama grizzly hockey mom pandering. She’s happy to use it when she can, and bitch about it when it suits her.

      • @Devin

        Oh no. Rich people are so evil. Nothing is fair. Why won’t they share all of their stolen money? Why do I have to work for a living? Life should be more fair. Give me your money so I can stay at home and watch TV. Yes, they are evil. I know better. I pontificate on EW. Now that’s a forum for change. Great place for a political article

      • Sage

        People who disagree with my politics are anti-human! Because I define human as being a liberal! That’s my argument! And I swear, it’s not a straw man, or assuming the argument. No one should objectively be treated with fairness if they dare to disagree with leftist dogma I’ve defined as normalcy! I bet Moore’s movie was a completely objective & educational piece of info.
        moron. people who actually think like the above person does should be put in an asylum. They are dangerous to the majority of Americans who do not share their national socialist Obamaist agenda. but it’s good that we have them to teach us about tolerance and avoiding “selfishness”! I wonder if Isaac Newton would be characterized as anti-science for sharing these same political views? complete lunatic.

    • Ben

      The problem isn’t that the movie has a conservative bent. The problem is that it sucks.

    • Lem

      Yep !

      Two Palin stories a week with the same venom spit from the liberals.

      It is tiresome and my subscription will not be renewed.

      • MultiPass

        You’re paying for your online subscription for free content? You’re an idiot. Hardly surprising you’d vote right wing I guess.

      • Sage

        “You’re paying for your online subscription for free content? You’re an idiot.”

        That horrific attempt at a grammatical sentence makes you a genius, I presume.

    • Sean L.

      While the opinion pieces may be written by people with a liberal bias, this review stays away from Palin bashing. (Other than to mention the controversies that the documentary pointedly avoids). They didn’t like the movie. Oh no. What an ass.

    • dk

      I don’t have a problem with someone who’s a conservative, however, I do have a problem with idiots.

      • daisy

        you should not insult conservatives by comparing them to people like Palin and her tea party fanatics. These people are radicals akin to any hard liner muslim that wants to harm others for their own gain. I know many conservatives and not one of them is an insane pile of crap like Palin and her ilk.

    • Dana Plato

      From a purely unbiased documentary filmgoer perspective, how do you not criticize a biographic film for generally omitting the subject’s run for vice president of the U.S.?

    • Beau

      You libturds just rave on. In a couple of years when you’re on the street with no job, no money, and NO HOPE, I hope you look back at your stupidity and realize that you were on the wrong side of this mess.

      • MikeH

        Well, if Palin were to get into office, all that might just happen….idiot.

      • Mateo

        libturds??? That’s why conservatives have so many reps in comedy.

      • @Beau

        If the Republicans let the US go into default, people of all political beliefs will be “on the street with no job, no money, and NO HOPE.” The only ones who will have anything are the rich.

    • SASSY

      Don’t worry about Jenny. If she drops her subscription I’ll buy hers up. Not that you care what she does, as she’s just a drop in the bucket. *Drip*

    • jon

      Do you realize that the following statement that you made “I hate the blatant bias that this magazine has towards any actor, politician, or entertainer that has any conservative tendencies.”
      means that they actually would support them? Bias against would probably mean what you are lamely attempting to say. Ugly and ignorant Jenny

      • Logan

        A shockingly false and sunoderals post, Lisa. The last thing I would ever do is mock the Mother of God, in public or private. Having participated in the 2007 transferral of the Holy Relics of her mother St Anna from Greece to the United States, I strive to revere her as faithful Christians ought and there is simply no way I would ever deliberately slight her.As it happens, I do believe the Virgin Mary occasionally appears to children and others on verdant hillsides St Juan Diego, St Bernadette Soubirous, Fatima, Me?ugorje and so there is no mockery in noting this.You have badly misread my post above, which gently makes fun of Sarah Palin’s own dilatory habits in public scheduling, as well as the vaguely cultic devotion with which her most fervent admirers regard her. Honesty demands that you amend this post at least and retract it at most. Your accusations bring you great shame.

    • amy

      I’m curious-what about the article did you find alienating to a conservative? He criticized the film and the director, not the subject. He even wrote at the end that “Palin deserves a documentary that thoughtfully considers her impact on political discourse” Where is the blatant bias?

    • Whitney

      Um, Mr Young was criticizing the filmmaker, not Sarah Palin. Seriously. It’s a FILM REVIEW. And he listed problems with THE FILM and not Palin.

      No wonder why there are so many stereotypes about conservatives not being the brightest light bulbs in the bunch….

    • Redeyecat

      Well said. Either stick to entertainment or at a minimum find some balance EW. What makes you think people care about the politics of your writers? They chose to cover entertainment and should stick to that. If they also have political thoughts make them in a forum that is focused on politics rather than entertainment.

      • @Redeyecat

        This is a movie review of the film “The Undefeated.” The criticism is about the poor quality of the film, not about Palin. The reviewer actually says she deserves a better film.

    • DUH

      please point out which part of this article was critical of sarah palin. did you even read it? probably not. then again, it must be a conspiracy against palin because critics (even the more conservative ones)are universally panning this as a movie and not because of its subject (as you so desperately want it to be)

    • Shannon

      AGREED. To both of your statements.

    • Jeremy Freedman

      Because they made a blatant political movie?

    • @Ugly Jenny

      The author of this article is commenting on the quality of the film, not on Palin herself. He actually says it’s a shame that the film is bad, and that Palin deserves a better film that shows her impact on politics.

      • Kat

        Seriously.

    • Douglas

      But you see, Ugly Jenny (well-chosen screen-name), it is not “bias” that causes EW, like ALL decent people, to loathe the ignorant idiot Sarah Palin. It’s just that looking at the facts about her inevitably reveals an evil fool befouling America. It’s just a fact. Palin is the one living in a biased fantasy world. Sorry we can’t retrofit Reality to suit the delusions of the right-wing, but we can’t. But don’t fret, you have your Fox News to feed you all the self-servng lies you want.

  • Sam J

    Little known fact: Israel Bissel was the man whom orde some 340 miles from Phillie to Mass warning the Colonists of the British coming. His poem “Ride, Israel, Ride” was not as popular as the young man who made the much shorter ride, and his poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. History and most politicians remember Revere’s catchy name and story over poor Israel.

    • BG

      Really? 300 miles on a horse in one night? I think another story’s being stretched.

      • Sam J

        Not one night. Google “Israel Bissel”

  • Mary

    I guess you could be a victim of the hard left and the media if your repeatedly lied about and you and your family are attacked 24/7 without cause or reason. Vindication would be more suitable. What the Left will never admit is Palin was successful as a governor, mother and as a women. Since 2008 the Left and the media have done everything they could possibly do to destroy her and her family and they have failed miserably at every attempt. PDS is a sickness.

    • Eggroll

      Hi, Mary. If you were a secular humanist, you might read a little more, which might make you able to write a coherent post. Try it, sometime!

    • Miac

      If Sarah Palin was successful as a governor, why did she resign?

      • Tharpie

        Her resignation had nothing to do with her success. It had to do with opportunity. By resigning she made herself into a political powerhouse and freed herself from the constant barrage of frivolous lawsuits. She broadened her audience, got a bigger microphone, and she can basically make her own way now. I don’t know that I entirely agree with her decision, but I can see why she did it. Your implications are fallacious.

      • ba’al

        She gets to use the image of Denali and the AK Flag? and gets to be called Former Gov.
        She knew what she was doing…

      • daisy

        Tharpie, only a republican would be dumb enough to say wuitting in the first term is a good idea… and then only about another republican. If someone who does not agree with you were to do that you would rip them apart. Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.

      • Miac

        Yeah, right, Tharpie. I honestly hope you don’t believe the tripe you putting out there. Political powerhouse? She’s more like a “Real Housewife”. She’s a joke.

      • DUH

        @tharpie so what you’re saying is that she gave up on the job that the people of alaska voted for her to do so she could feed her narcissistic and egotistic quest for power, fame and money? it’s truly scary that there are actually people out there who want a person like this running our country.

      • Tharpie

        Do you people even read? Go back and review my comment before you start your mouth foam machine.

      • Tharpie

        @Duh. What I’m saying is she gave up her job because she saw an opportunity to serve her nation as a whole, though it may not have been within the confines of that office. Her broader microphone allowed her to promote her political ideals and support other candidates and movements that share her point of view. Personally, I think she should have stuck it out, but the choice was hers. I can look at her from an objective point of view and recongize her strengths and her weaknesses as a political figure. Can you do the same? Or is your rabid hatred blurring your vision?

      • @Tharpie

        Palin isn’t a “Political Powerhouse.” She is a former politician, just as she is a former Reality Show Star. She currently is just another tv pundit. She has no effect on politics at all. She’s just trying to make lots of money, which she couldn’t do while being a public servant. She quit for $$$.

      • seanmom

        See the movie and find out. (Hint: all of the commentators here have the wrong answer.)

    • Reaganomics

      Mary,I was a conservative Republican and a community organizer. I’m now an independent and a community organizer and will never forgive McCain for unleashing the airhead monstrosity Palin into our sacred party. She is clearly the most repulsive, grotesque idiot to seek high office ever and should be deported.

      • Tharpie

        Sacred? The PARTY is sacred? I don’t have the energy to address the rest of your train wreck of a comment but suffice it to say, that if you are truly a (former) Republican, you are among those who give the rest of us a bad name.

      • @Reaganomics

        Thank you for your comment, and for your common sense.

    • DN

      Sadly, Palin even failed as a mom, believing in abstinence and then having a teenage daughter get pregnant. She can’t her ethics across to her own children, then how could she possibly be effective in the White House?

      • kaye

        I don’t like Sarah Palin in any capacity, but to say she “failed as a mom” because her daughter got pregnant is harsh. A lot of parents try to instill certain morals in their kids, but they are ultimately going to make their own decisions. No parent can watch their kid 24/7.

      • Sara

        @Kaye: I agree that we can’t monitor our kids N’s can only hope that the values we’ve installed will help guide them. That said, the fact that her young teenagers thought it was ok to post hate-filled rants with words like “f@ggot” says a lot about those values. And I knowing what work a young baby, especially a special needs baby takes, I really had some questions about her “family values” in choosing to run with McCain with an infant at home and a pregnant teenager. And yes, I would absolutely say the same thing about any man who chose to run under those circumstances. Palin I young enough that- if she’s so great-
        She certainly could have waited until her own house was in order.

    • Palin? Really?

      Mary, we don’t like her because she’s an egomaniac who believes her own p.r./b.s. Our country is constantly under attack from radical groups like Al-qaida just waiting to pounce once they see an opportunity or any sign of weakness in our country’s leaders. Do you really believe Sarah “Soccer Mom” Palin projects a strong enough image to represent us to the terrorists of the world or the critical defensive knowledge to protect us from our enemy’s? Palin needs to stay home and take care of her kids, not run around the country seeking power and glory. Wake up girl!

      • Terri

        Oh and another daughter who texted anti gay slurs.

      • seanmom

        Why is it only an anti-gay slur when conservatives use it? Gay activists use it all the time, as do gays talking to each other in casual settings.

      • @seanmom

        that’s awfully ignorant of you

    • Terri

      I would think a successful mother would mean you wouldn’t have teenage pregnant daughter.

    • melthompson

      Thank heavens Sarah Palin was successful as a woman. Quitting halfway through womanhood often proves difficult.

  • abadstroller

    Not going to see it. DON’T. CARE.

  • Brent

    I go to this website to escape politics (both left and right)- please talk about entertainment.

    • Tired Alaskan

      Palin isn’t really about politics–she doesn’t understand it. Ask the people who had to work under her in her adopted state. Miss Idaho transplant is more about her wacky religious views and hyping herself and her family to make a fast buck. On that count, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t agree she’s got quite a talent for bringing in the green. Other than that, Miss Spud is a dud.

    • @Brent

      The story is a MOVIE REVIEW of “The Undefeated,” a documentary about Sarah Palin.

  • ks

    The halfterm quitter-Undefeated? how about unelectable.

  • JPX

    “About 30 moviegoers joined me, filling up maybe a fifth of the auditorium. And they dug what they saw, showering the movie with applause at its conclusion.” I’m assuming that they were 30 high school dropouts?

    • Tharpie

      Bwahahahahahahaha! You arrogant leftist are so kind and tolerant. Never a stereotype, never a harsh word. Always accepting. Never self important…oh, wait…

      • JPX

        Actually, as I understand it the Republicans hate anyone who isn’t white, male, and straight. Intolerant, yeah, that’s the republicans.

      • JPX

        Tharpie, I’m guessing that you barely made it out of high school and then took a few community college courses?

      • Tharpie

        I blow everyone of your stereotypes out of the water just by existing, JPX. I’m a woman married to a man of another race. All of my close friends are homosexuals, and I’ll complete my first post graduate degree in December. But why have a rational conversation when false narratives are easier for you. Right?

      • Jeremy Freedman

        Oh spare us you contrived outrage and total hypocrisy, served over a bed of total childish ignorance.

      • @Tharpie

        There’s no way that’s true. You’re just an anonymous internet troll.

  • Steve J

    If she does run for President, her own party candidates will hammer her quitting as governor to make money.

  • carl

    fast forward. President Palin holds press conference on fox news.

    • MultiPass

      LOL, she’d be shot within days. Which no doubt she would have made legal somehow.

      • Abundantspirit

        YOU are sick. Laughing about anyone being shot is seriously disturbed or are you paid to make deleterious comments? EW would ban you if they had ANY standards.

        All of the attacks are personal because you cannot even discuss policy issues.
        And BTW, on her last bus trip she gave 17 interviews on the record to all sorts of media outlets. Try a little homework. Your ignorance is showing.

      • Phish

        “EW would ban you if they had ANY standards”

        I guess they don’t since they allow you to post here.

    • Sara

      :::::::shudder::::::

  • Abundantspirit

    With a title like that and an opening paragraph with the cliche’ “love her or hate her” how do you expect anyone to take anything you write seriously? Maybe inexperienced kids who do not know better. But many see your leftist agenda very clearly. You are trying to stop people for deciding for themselves. I saw the film and the archival evidence of Sarah Palin’s executive experience and success is staggering. It is the history that should have been told in 2008 when her approval rating was 88%! That is unprecedented and historic for any Governor! Why do you think she was elevated to the national stage? Think for yourself, people.

    • SASSY

      88% 88% 88% you know it didn’t stay at 88% don’t you? Why don’t you look into her approval rating before she quit! Even Alaska won’t vote for her over Obama. Where’s your 88% now?

    • Educated Voter

      I do think for myself….that’s why I laugh at her.

    • Durps

      Her approval rating in Alaska is now 28 percent. She had that high of an approval cause she practicied socialism and took money from the oil companies and gave it to the people if Alaska. She redistributed wealth you know the thing you idiots are supposed to hate. 17 interviews. I know about the one that the air head dis not even know who Paul revere was.. Some American.

      • Sally

        She also paid her staff to rig polls when she didn’t think the numbers were high enough, and she had her staff write positive letters to the editor and then had others sign their names to them. Yeah, just what I want in DC; someone who spends more time on their approval numbers than doing their jobs.

      • frescas

        If she gave me a fat check from the big oil companies, I’d “approve” of her too.

        As it is now, she just gives me a headache. Approval denied.

      • George Haberberger

        She didn’t redistribute wealth. The wealth of Alaska belonged to the citizens of Alaska. The oil companies were sitting on it, refusing to drill and playing the market. She threatened to cancel their leases unless they used them.

    • Kate

      The recently released emails prove that her staff rigged polls at $arah’s suggestion to manipulate her ratings, going so far as to have software installed that enabled them to rig them easier and with far greater effects. They also sent letters to the editor signed by different people except they wrote the content, all in praise of $arah, of course.

      As for the 17 interviews she allegedly gave during the bus trip, not one of them had a thing to do with policy. Instead we heard about her eating pizza with Trump and her mangling the reality of Paul Revere’s ride to warn the newly immigrated to the colonies that the British were coming. They were NOT interviews. Why is it that all these Palin fans refuse to believe that a politician acted in this manner? Are they really that dense and believe this mythical, nonsensical version of $arah Palin they’ve been sold? I didn’t realize there were so many people so easily manipulated.

    • @Abundantspirit

      Palin was elevated to being the Republican candidate for Vice-President for a few reasons, none having to do with her qualifications.
      McCain wanted a woman, as he thought it would appeal to the Hillary Clinton supporters who were upset that Obama got the nomination.
      McCain was considered too liberal by many Conservatives in the Republican party, so he had to look for someone who was very Conservative.
      McCain’s age was an issue for some people, so he needed a running mate who was young.
      Those needs cut the list down to Palin.

  • Buffy Freak

    Unless the gang at Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunite and take on this movie I won’t be seeing it. Oh to hear Joel, Tom Servo and Crow tear this one apart…..

    • Ken from New York

      LIbtard IQ demonstrated: Mystery Science Theater 3000. Gov. Palin corkscrewed then Sen. “plugs” “plagiarist” Biden into the ground in their only debate. Her positive, upbeat, patriotic “can-do” attitude is an American success story that the Left hates because they damn Christians, Israel, capitalism, the US Constitution, free markets, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Left despises the thought that there might be a Creator they’ll have to account to one day for their self-centered, atheistic, anything goes, hedonistic, misogynist, race-card baiting, abortion loving, drunken, drug-induced, hate-filled diatribes against anyone who disagrees with their Jon Stewart-based reasoning.

      Any half-wit with a even a semblance of historical balance regarding the last 50 years will note the utter destruction of the public school system as unions and secularists have pillaged the academic essentials in favor of sex education, drug information, the re-writing of Western history from a multi-cultural anti-American slant.

      And get a clue Leftist know-nothings

      • Durps

        She won the vice president debate?? She stated that she was not gonna answer the questions asked of her you dufus. That was because she did not know anything you dumb ass.

      • Marianna

        Yikes!! If that isn’t just the douche nozzle accusing the douche bag of pitching a diatribe. You keep that up and you’ll be dead before you know it in mid apoplectic diatribe.

      • Jeremy Freedman

        You post stupid dishonest, insulting rubbish like that then have the gall to call someone a libtard. You seem to be the biggest tard here! But for a Palindrone, you are an intellectual powerhouse.

      • @Ken from New York

        Your comment is hilarious! You should be on that comedy network Fox News.

      • DUH

        your comment would be funny if you weren’t so embarrassingly brainwashed.

    • justjack

      THIS!

      • justjack

        (directed to Buffy Freak…)

  • Mary

    Can’t wait to see this movie. It sounds Great! It is so inspiring to see women like Palin courageously fighting for what they believe and not being intimidated to exercise their freedom of speech. This truly is a great country where “everyone” is free to espouse their beliefs — even women!

    • Two Headed Sex Beast

      Don’t let Phyllis Schlafly hear you say that.

    • @Mary

      Just what are Palin’s beliefs? She just keeps saying tired, meaningless, political bromides.

  • zhooly

    Thanks so much. You have saved us from having to go see it. We do try to keep open minds about things and I’d wondered if she had opened up in this movie on some murkier issues still hanging… So we saved some $$. Thanks again. (wow a lot of haters on here—hey guys we’re all in this together!)

  • Tim

    Ahhhh…so much anti-Palin snark you think it belongs to the Thundercats.

    • LOL

      Palin is the gift that keeps on giving! I hope she runs.

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