Monday 23 October 2017

Palin film rekindles speculation of White House bid

Toby Harnden in Washington

Sarah Palin is to rekindle speculation that she is contemplating a 2012 White House bid with the release of a two-hour documentary version of her book in which she is compared to Joan of Arc.

The film by Stephen Bannon, a conservative filmmaker, is called 'The Undefeated' and will premiere in the first-voting state of Iowa. Mrs Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate secretly commissioned the production.

It has been described by Scott Conroy, a RealClearPolitics reporter and co-author of a Sarah Palin biography, as "a sweeping epic" designed to lay to rest doubts about her political seriousness.

The fact that it is being shown first in Iowa, which holds its presidential caucuses next February, could be a signal that Mrs Palin will run for the 2012 Republican nomination.


The film portrays Mrs Palin as a maverick, who can bring the low-tax, small-government ideals of the Tea Party movement to the White House.

According to Mr Conroy, it is rife with religious metaphor, with "unmistakable allusions to Mrs Palin as a Joan of Arc-like figure".

Mr Bannon told Mr Conroy: "This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs the establishment."

In 1976, Ronald Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford, a fellow Republican, for the nomination. Mr Reagan lost but Mr Ford went on to be defeated in the election. Four years later, Mr Reagan won the White House and served two terms.

Speculation about a possible Mrs Palin run has receded in recent months following widely criticised comments about her being a victim of a "blood libel" by the media following the shooting of senator Gabrielle Giffords by a deranged man.

Mrs Palin, who travels the country giving speeches and has a lucrative contract with Fox News, has recently faded from view. Some Republicans suspect that the film could simply be a way of Mrs Palin maintaining her celebrity.

The move, however, comes at a time when there is considerable disquiet within the party about the candidates currently lining up to compete to challenge President Barack Obama.

Despite her appeal among the Tea Party faithful, polls indicate that Mrs Palin would have much work to do to broaden her popularity. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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