Sarah Palin’s camp has a new strategy to cast a positive light on the former Alaska governor: a Palin documentary. Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics reports the new film, The Undefeated, traces her meteoric rise from obscure wife and mother in Alaska to the state’s governor to the Republican 2008 vice presidential candidate and national figure. The film also “dramatizes the theme of Palin's persecution at the hands of her enemies in the media and both political parties,” Conroy writes, adding that the film cites these attacks as the main reason she left her governor’s seat halfway through her term.
Talking Points Memo’s Evan McMorris-Santoro suggests the film is simply an effort at positive spin and damage control, perhaps as a launch pad for a 2012 campaign. Palin, he writes, “might be fixing to ride in like a movie hero just at the nick of time” to save the GOP from a boring slate of candidates. [Check out a roundup of political cartoons on the GOP 2012 primary candidates.]
Conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon, who also made the Tea Party hit Generation Zero, invested $1 million of his own money into the film, Conroy reports, and is aiming for a video-on-demand arrangement in addition to a traditional DVD release in order to make the documentary easily available to more people. The film is set to premier in Iowa in June. [See a slide show of GOP 2012 contenders.]
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