Monday, June 20, 2011

'The Undefeated': Changing Minds at RightOnline

“The Undefeated” shows, once again, Sarah Palin truly is qualified and ready to lead as President.
This review of "The Undefeated" by blogger Caleb Hays is an excellent example of the power of the film to bring back into the fold those who were at one time Palin supporters or positively disposed toward the governor but bought into the "damaged goods" narrative being pushed by both the lamestream media and the establishment "conservative" media:
Before the film began, truth be told, I wasn’t expecting much. When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin in August of 2008, I was ecstatic, and I became an instant fan. Without her, there would be no Tea Party, no conservative resurgence, and definitely no conservative sweep of the U.S. House in 2010. However, over the past several months, I’ve become disillusioned by her seeming lack of direction and wasted political capital. At one point, she was truly the leader of the Republican Party and the conservative movement, but, for the first time, my thinking began to reflect what I felt was a new political reality, that her brand was simply too “damaged” to hold weight any longer. I thought “The Undefeated” would just be a Palin apologetics film, crying out for attention while simultaneously suffering from low budget syndrome.

Then, they pressed play.

Over the next two hours and fifteen minutes or so, the six hundred or so in the room at RightOnline got a glimpse into Palin’s life through the eyes of some of her most trusted advisors. It wasn’t a film that maliciously dug into her life; it just showed us the world from the point of view of those who knew her before she was thrust onto the national stage, and this perspective really helped explain her recent actions. Moreover, it reintroduced the room of conservative activists to the Palin we once knew and strongly admired and showed us once again why we felt she was a true leader.

No matter where you stand in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary, Sarah Palin is a force who will continue to affect the field, whether or not she enters the fray. “The Undefeated” showed us, once again, that she truly is qualified and ready to lead as President of the United States.

Hays says his has yet to talk to anyone who screened the documentary at RightOnline 2011 who is not re-thinking his or her views on Gov. Palin. If the "The Undefeated" has a similar effect on enough independent voters, then it will have exceeded expectations in a major way.

- JP

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