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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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So the Modern American Right claims that Palin has a "secret weapon" she's about to use just in time to announce her candidacy for President.

Too bad this is the same thing she has used ever since she was vomited down into the socio-political stage of the "lower 48":

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.


So Palin sent out the woman that writes her Facebook posts to convince a "conservative filmmaker" to make a propaganda film about her and the Fox"Nation" and all their drooling compatriots consider this a "secret weapon"? This is standard operating procedure for these people.

But let's consider their previous standpoints on documentaries of this nature......

By and large, documentaries can be divided into two categories: The Micheal Moore style and the Ken Burns style. While the former is largely and unblushingly predicated on a pure ideological message, the later is a purest form. Care to take a guess which one Stephen K. Bannon's is going to follow?

Moreover, one has to look at what Bannon is doing - putting up a meager sum ( most low budget, indie films spend MUCH more than this; as the producers of the box office disaster Atlas Shrugged spent upwards of 10 times as much ) of "one million dollars" - and this appears to me to be more of a calculated business move than one of blind allegiance to Palin. He'll likely pocket a rather substantial profit from this. Honestly makes me wonder who is bilking who in this whole laughable affair.

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