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Friday, July 1, 2011

My impressions from the Iowa premiere of ‘The Undefeated’

On Tuesday I attended the premiere of Stephen Bannon’s “The Undefeated” in Pella, Iowa. I had provided introductory comments before a prior screening of the film in New York City, and had seen a rough cut a few weeks before that. The final product is outstanding. And my experience in Iowa left me with several impressions worth noting.

First off, there’s something extraordinary about the communication between Todd and Sarah. There’s a palpable trust and commitment, a mutual support system that grounds them and propels them forward. They are a genuine team.

Much like when I spoke at a Conservatives4Palin meet-up in November of 2010, I walked away from Iowa this week with the sentiment that Palin supporters are a force to be reckoned with. There’s something unique about their support, and it took me some time to put my finger on it. The truth is actually quite simple — they believe her. They believe that she will do what she says she’s going to do. They trust in her word. So it’s not just about supporting her record, policies and vision for America. It’s also about a genuine trust in the woman behind that record, those policies and that vision. Simply put, I’ve found Palin supporters to be primarily driven by their belief in her personal character. That is incredibly powerful — and incredibly rare — in the world of politics.

The audience was decidedly engaged during the film, particularly throughout the segments that focus on Palin’s policies in Alaska. Many lines were met with excitement and applause — especially those viewed by some as alluding to a possible presidential run — and Sarah received a standing ovation at the end.

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