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Thursday, May 26, 2011



Since Palin, the celebritician,* was SOUNDLY DEFEATED  in 2008.

But aside from that obvious fact, the planned release of this documentary about her fabulousness will appeal only to her shrinking base.  Will it help her gain the GOP nomination for the presidency?  We can only hope.

Chris Cilizza writing in the WaPo's "The Fix" explains that no matter what Palin and her entourage do to prop up her sagging image, it won't improve that image since both Democrats and Independents can't stand her; plus she's even losing points within the mainstream GOP.  You can't win a presidential election with votes only from a bunch of groupies.

So let her have her self-love fest and pretend that she isn't a LOSER--Palin never dealt in reality anyway, why would she change her habit now? 

From Andrew Sullivan's blog The Daily Dish:

"I happen to think no Republican would have won in 2008 and that her impact on the race was mixed; but it’s still odd to proclaim yourself undefeated after a major loss. Second, it’s also the name of a pretty good John Wayne-Rock Hudson picture from 1969. The plot involved a Confederate colonel who takes his band of soldiers down to Mexico after Lee’s surrender to fight with Emperor Maximillian. Presumably, the title was ironic, in that they lost twice.

Irony is not Palin's strongest suit, one suspects."

"The planned release of a feature-length film that amounts to a biopic of the life and times of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is being cited as the latest evidence that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee is weighing a 2012 presidential bid more seriously than many political observers previously believed.

The signs are all there. The movie will be released first in Iowa, site of the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Palin cooperated with the film — although she is not interviewed in it — and an early screening suggests it is a decidedly positive re-telling of her rise to prominence.

“This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment,” filmmaker Steven K. Bannon told RealClearPolitics.

And yet, analyzing anything that Palin does through a “politics only” lens has proven to be decidedly problematic over the past three-plus years.

*The reality is that Palin is as much celebrity as she is politician — call her a “celebritician” — and only by evaluating everything she does in that light is there a possibility of properly understanding the motivations and goals of her actions.

Viewed that way, the Palin movie is not a radical departure but rather entirely consistent with her transformation from small-state politician to worldwide celebrity.

The movie then will almost certainly be targeted at people who are already Palin loyalists — the same audience as her television show, books and the speeches that she gives around the country.

Add to that the fact that the movie apparently spends a significant amount of time dramatizing Palin’s alleged shabby treatment by the media and the idea of the movie as some sort of presidential launching pad gets more clouded.

What Palin has consistently done since leaving office in 2009 is play to her small — and, if polling is to be trusted — shrinking base within the Republican party. The movie then could well be more of the same rather than some sort of attempt to broaden her appeal in the electorate.

Reading too much political calculation into anything Palin does is a fool’s errand. The movie could be setting up a presidential bid. Or not.

The only way we will ever know what Palin is truly plotting politically for 2012 is when she decides to make that decision public. And, she’s set no deadline to do that as of today.

So, we wait — and read the tea leaves. Even though we know it’s futile."

Why not retitle the documentary from "The Undefeated" to "The Apotheosis of Sarah Palin," since that's her ultimate goal.


Charlene said...

I heard about this documentary. Sad when self-promotion cannot even be interesting.

I'm like you, I think it would be amusing to see a steam roller flatten her into the blacktop if she were to be selected to run for president, but even the GOP is not that dumb.

Shaw Kenawe said...

True, Charlene, even the GOP is not that dumb.

Oh, wait...

They did back Paul Ryan and his plan to destroy Medicare.

We forgot about that dumb move and its consequences (see NY-26).

okjimm said...

Sarah is a shill. I somehow got my self on her PAC email list. Consistently asks for money... without ever saying where the money is going. She will not run... because then she will have to make and account. Right now she can ask for the cash... and keep it.
She is like a whore on the street corner.... she disgusts me to no end.

... aw, just thinking of her makes my blood presure go up....

... at least with an honest whore you may get laid.... instead of just screwed.

Jerry Critter said...

I would like to see her least for a little while. Maybe the extra scrutiny that a presidential run brings would help answer the question of whether or not she actually gave birth to Trig or if she faked it.

Leslie Parsley said...

Or, if and what she reads. This woman is totally delusional.

Infidel753 said...

That's what the movie should have been called -- "Triumph of the Shill"!

Many hold that she dreads the hard work which being President would entail, and is just trying to milk her notoriety for money -- but to get the most buck for the bang, she needs to keep speculation about a Presidential run alive. This film could be an elaborate effort to do that.

The most lucrative attention-getter of all, though, would be a third-party run. Loads of publicity and no risk of actually being elected. Let's hope she tries it; she'd bleed off enough votes that the real Republican nominee would be toast, whoever it is.

Dave Miller said...

I hope she runs... it'll make the primary season entertaining as the GOP searches out the sacrificial lamb...

Perhaps the majority of this seasons candidates, all mostly unknown empty suit types, are really thinking about 2016 and trying to build name recognition and a resume for FOX News, where they can make some bucks after they lose...

Before they run again and lose to???

Shaw Kenawe said...

Now we'll have to listen to endless wailing from her supporters about "savaging" Palin if her documentary promoting herself is a bomb.

We can depend on it not dealing with facts and being large on victimization (q.v. "blood libel").

Perhaps she should change the title of her documentary from "The Undefeated" to "The Apotheosis of Sarah Palin," since that's what the goal of her nonsense seems to be.

Shaw Kenawe said...

And Sarah, about that "fire in the belly?" I have one word for you:


Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

Sarah's saga kind of reminds me of former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder.

She teared up when she announced she couldn't run for president cause it was too late to get in the race. Of course that was bull. She never had a chance either.
Sarah will probably do the same thing so she can tell everyone she would have won so they should keep giving her money.

The big difference though is that there truly was some disappointment in Pat Schroeder's not running since she was actually capable of being president.

Shaw Kenawe said...

TRUTH, last night on the Lawrence O'Donnell show he stated that Palin is NOT running. Evidence?

FAUX NOOZ has let go of its employees who were running: Huckabee and Santorum, but Palin is still with FAUX.

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I'm no fan of Palin, but I don't think she's so stupid that she could believe she has any chance of winning the presidency.

Her negatives are sky high, and as I said, a candidate cannot win a presidential election with no one voting for her except her fan base.

And that is shrinking day by day.

dmarks said...

Infidel: Yes, if she did a third party run, she'd be nothing but a spoiler, and deserving of a big hug from Pres. Obama for cementing his re-election victory. Just like George W. Bush owns Ralph Nader a lot.

Anonymous said...

George Bush owes the SCOTUS a lot.

Tim said...

Oh I hope she runs but she will not. She is just following the orders of pimp master Todd Palin. He has turned both women in his house out and they are both making Daddy lots of cash.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Tim, I don't believe she's running either. Can she be that stupid? Oh, wait...

Kidding aside, how in god's green teeth could she do well in a debate with Barack Obama and the experience he now has as the Commander in Chief and POTUS?

Would she or her supporters actually believe that her experience as a village mayor and her half-term governorship of the US's smallest in population state be a winning position for her?

It's madness. She couldn't get elected governor of Alaska today.

dmarks said...

"Oh I hope she runs but she will not. She is just following the orders of pimp master Todd Palin."

Sorry, I hold calling her a whore to be an invalid criticism. And this holds to the hoary old sexist view that women can't run their own lives.