And then – the moment of Zen!
If you’re hopeful (or worried) that this movie is the secret trigger for a Palin relaunch, don’t be. Even if you fixed the blaring soundtrack and took out all the symbols of the cataclysmic evil opposing Palin (barking dogs, disaster footage, a closeup of Rosie ODonnell), you’d still be left with a hopeless sputtering jumble.
The busted logic and narrative chop of The Undefeated dont suggest the phrase, spirited new defense of Palin. They say, cyclone landed here.
News clips of Palins tenure in Alaska as mayor of Wasilla, chair of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and governor are narrated solely by friends and allies. They keep telling us that she (a) adhered strictly to small-government, free-market conservative principles yet (b) used the full power of government to make peoples lives more splendid. For instance, Palin is said to be cutting both taxes and spending in Wasilla. Fine. A minute later she is credited with unleashing an economic boom there by laying water and sewer lines and building roads that attracted national retailers. So which is it? Expansionist, or minimalist? Was she Wasilla’s FDR or Calvin Coolidge?
Similarly, as we learn about Alaskas Survivalist Socialism all the precious fuel in the ground belongs to the state; oil companies can only lease drilling rights Palin is portrayed both as a free marketer and an antagonist of same who took on Big Oil by working with the Democrats to raise oil taxes.
In one scene, were told she didnt care about polls; in the next, shes bragging about her approval rating (88%). She says she doesnt put much stock in such surveys yet I figured my administration must be doing something right. So does her recent approval rating of 28% tell her that she must be doing something wrong?