Palin Documentary Sets the Record Straight in Pella





IMAG0178A little over 300 guests were treated to the premiere of Steve Bannon and Victory Film Group’s new documentary, The Undefeated, last night at the Pella Opera House in Pella, IA with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd in attendance.  Afterwards approximately 1000 people were treated to a BBQ dinner at the Molengracht.

Before the movie started those in attendance sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic and This Is My Country accompanied by the original 1928 pipe organ.  Darrel Dobernecker, the mayor of Pella, then greeted the guests and welcomed the Palin’s calling her “a breath of fresh air.”  The movie itself ran two hours long, and started with a montage of insults that came from Hollywood, liberal pundits and even in the mainstream media.

I was struck by my emotional reaction to the opening scene.  I was angry.  I was angry at how Governor Palin and her family was treated.  I was angry about how many in the Republican establishment remained silent while she was savaged.  I’m not talking about pointing out policy differences or criticizing her record, but rather the personal attacks that she experienced day in and day out after she picked as Senator John McCain’s running mate.

It drove a narrative which in turn distorted her record.  That is what this movie is trying to correct.  Most of the movie is about her time as Mayor of Wasilla, how she helped to bolster the infrastructure and in doing so, helped to create an environment where small businesses could develop jobs.  She did this while cutting taxes.

It showed her as a reformer, unafraid of standing up to Big Oil, and corruption within her own party.  She resigned as a oil and gas commissioner out of principle in order to stand up to ethics violations which then Governor Frank Murkowski turned a blind eye to.  When she ran for Governor, she not only beat an incumbent Governor in the primary, she then went on to beat former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles.

The movie did a great job pointing out her legislative accomplishments.  Her three noteworthy accomplishments were a much needed ethnics reform bill, ACES which restructured how oil companies were taxed – a tax on the net, not the gross and it gave oil companies incentives for development making the state an active partner (the Alaska Constitution states that the natural resources belong to the people of Alaska).  AGIA was passed in a bipartisan fashion and opened up the bidding process in order to build a pipeline that

Many people don’t know this record of accomplishment and reform.  Many people don’t realize from when she was inaugurated into office until the time she was tapped as the Vice Presidential nominee she was the most popular governor in the United States having an approval rating over 80%.  Most people know the Sarah Palin post-VP nomination, not her record of accomplishment.

She was a capable and popular Governor, but one who was vilified and was subject to all sorts of frivolous ethics complaints which eventually led to her resignation.  Her resignation, like her service, was marked with her desire to serve the people of Alaska and do what was in their best interests.

One interview, in particular, caught my attention.  Conservative media mogul Andrew Brietbart asked where were the conservative men?  Why didn’t anybody stand up for her?  He said that we had leaders within the party who were “eunuchs.”  It is a well deserved rebuke for conservative men who kept their mouths clothed when she was being personally attacked.

The film had a $1 million budget, but you couldn’t tell.  It was well done, and worth the watch.  This movie alone won’t necessarily turn the current narrative around, but it is a good start.  The crowd in Pella responded with a standing ovation and I personally didn’t talk to a single person who disliked the movie.

Bonus: After the movie Governor Palin addressed the crowd.  I got most of her speech on video.  You can watch below:


One person observed that in her speech she says, "we" and "us." "It’s not about me." Contrast that to President Obama who says "I" and "me" throughout his speech.

Update: I was interviewed by WHO TV by Dave Price. You can watch it below.

 

I was also interviewed by Radio Iowa.

Update 2: Linked at Texans for Sarah Palin, Conservatives 4 Palin and Hot Air.

Update 3: Linked at Ace of Spades HQ.  Also quoted by Shushannah Walshe at The Daily Beast… I don’t exactly remember saying “People will be surprised if she doesn’t run” though.  There are a lot of people who would be surprised if she does.  I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt maybe I did say something like that, but my intent wasn’t to imply that her running was a slam dunk.  I don’t know that.

Update 4: Linked at Motivation Truth

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Comments

  1. Writeadvan says

    Brietbart was right about conservative men not standing up for Sarah and now the same thing is happening to Michele Bachmann. The MSM is savaging her for a few misstatements and no conservative me are stepping up to defend her or to defend her real record. Get some Balls guys.

    • Anonymous says

      michelle bachmann has no real record.  there is nothing to defend.  she’s a light weight

      • says

        So being a legislator = not having a real record? I know it isn’t the same as being a governor, but we can clearly see where she stands on issues. I don’t think that’s a fair comment.

  2. Writeadvan says

    Brietbart was right about conservative men not standing up for Sarah and now the same thing is happening to Michele Bachmann. The MSM is savaging her for a few misstatements and no conservative me are stepping up to defend her or to defend her real record. Get some Balls guys.

  3. Writeadvan says

    Brietbart was right about conservative men not standing up for Sarah and now the same thing is happening to Michele Bachmann. The MSM is savaging her for a few misstatements and no conservative me are stepping up to defend her or to defend her real record. Get some Balls guys.

  4. Anonymous says

    Who is Ginparti and why can he/she not get it? The resignation was due to ethics complaints being a distraction and a fiscal drain on her personally. There was no provision in Alaska law for the AG to defend her, which is why she had to hire private counsel (this has been fixed). (It should be noted that with constitutionally minded judges instead of libtard judges, she might have been able to simply ignore the complaints but I digress) As far as support in the 2010 elections, 70% of Sarah’s choices were elected. Christine O’Donnell is not crazy but if you only listen to the LSM you might think so. The reason she lost, along with the NV senate race and the CA races is because the GOP refused to support those candidates with money and ground troops. Don’t take my word for it – check the campaign filings and the RNC records. Nice try, Ginparti, but you are an epic fail. And try to watch the movie before you dismiss it. It helps keep you level. 

    • Ginparti says

      Christine O’Donnell is out of her mind judging by her own lunatic statements that she made on Bill Maher, her lies about her finances, education and political achievements, and her poor debate performance. That ethics law was put in place by Palin herself, who then turned around and called it a distraction. That movie is fine and dandy for Palin’s cult followers, but for people who have kept up on events since 2008, it’s patent bull.

      • Anonymous says

        Why don’t you watch the movie first before trolling?

        If you did, you would know why she made the right decision to resign so that the executive branch could function and not be shut down.

        It was the decision of a leader of humility with a ‘servant’s heart’, not a decision to pad her resume.

        It was a good decision.

      • Ginparti says

        The reason anyone runs for office and wins is that they feel they are the best for the job. If Palin cannot do the job she was elected to do, because her own ethics law would “shut down the government” then she is not ready to be President. Leaving office to make a bunch of money on FOX, the lecture circuit and reality TV is not a “servant’s heart” and it’s disgusting that you start using patriotic / evangelical language to describe it.

      • Anonymous says

        your an incoherent moron.  go back under the bridge with the rest of the vermin loser

      • Anonymous says

        How long could YOU stay in office if it was costing you $500,000 a year?  They were deliberately trying to bankrupt her and would have succeeded given more time.

        So she took lemons and made lemonade.   Good for her!  She not only raised money for herself but for many candidates and spread the anti-Big Government message everywhere in her lectures.  Over 70% of her endorsements were elected, many of them from way behind in the polls.  More than anyone else, she has changed the political climate in this nation.  She could not have done any of it as governor in Alaska, so resigning was the best thing she could have done for the nation as a whole.

      • Anonymous says

        How long could YOU stay in office if it was costing you $500,000 a year?  They were deliberately trying to bankrupt her and would have succeeded given more time.

        So she took lemons and made lemonade.   Good for her!  She not only raised money for herself but for many candidates and spread the anti-Big Government message everywhere in her lectures.  Over 70% of her endorsements were elected, many of them from way behind in the polls.  More than anyone else, she has changed the political climate in this nation.  She could not have done any of it as governor in Alaska, so resigning was the best thing she could have done for the nation as a whole.

  5. Oldflyer says

    Not too much this conservative man can do.  But, I do wear my McCain-Palin ball cap (with McCain taped over) on a daily basis.

    I expected some confrontations, but no one has said a word.  A few looks.

    The anti-Palinistas don’t have as much courage face to face as they do long distance, or speaking anonymously.

  6. Anonymous says

    When they get this on netflix then it will make a big difference. Even liberals will watch this if they can do it privately.

  7. Anonymous says

    When they get this on netflix then it will make a big difference. Even liberals will watch this if they can do it privately.

  8. Frederick says

    WOW! A short intimate off the cuff speech by Sarah herself in the opera house. You lucky dogs you.

  9. says

    Glad you saw the show and heard Sarah Palin.  I saw the uncut version at RightOnline.  Andrew Breitbart introduced The
    Undefeated movie and his comments against the those who attached Palin are unprintable here.  The Film’s director,  Stephen Bannon, said they had to remove some of the language used against Palin for the movie version.  Hope everyone understood the efforts of the liberal press to first build Sarah Palin up and then their vicious attack to tear her down.    The same vicious attacks are already underway against Michele Backmann.  Liberals hate outspoken conservative women.  Reason, they know these women are correct and therefore damaging to their progressive liberal agenda.  

  10. Anonymous says

    Wow. A real live troll that has to be threatened with banning. I must have gotten spoiled over at hotair and c4p with their rather lightweight trainee trolls.