Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin’s governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.
The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He’d make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself — to the tune of $1 million.
The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run.
Read the entire piece at Real Clear Politics because it gets even better.
From what I’ve read, this powerful film should finally cut through the clutter and bring Sarah Palin’s true record as a leader, reformer, veto-pen wielder and solid conservative to the forefront, in addition to laying to rest the unfair “quitter” meme assigned to her by both conservatives (some at least) and the Republican Establishment alike — who casually brush aside the concerted effort by DNC and White House operatives to destroy her. I guess it’s easy to criticize when you haven’t been subjected to the kind of Alinsky treatment Sarah Palin and her family have experienced.
And not only did she survive, she went on to become a driving force in the Obamacare repeal effort and the success of the 2010 midterms. I am taking this film’s existence as a positive sign that before too long, Sarah Palin will be announcing her candidacy for United States President. Run Sarah run!