Shane Vander Hart Reviews Pella Premiere of “The Undefeated”

Shane Vander Hart of Caffeinated Thoughts was in Pella yesterday for the premiere of The Undefeated.   Excepts from his review of the movie follow:

A little over 300 guests were treated to the premiere of Steve Bannon and Victory Film Group’s new documentary, The Undefeated, last night at the Pella Opera House in Pella, IA with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd in attendance.  Afterwards approximately 1000 people were treated to a BBQ dinner at the Molengracht.


I was struck by my emotional reaction to the opening scene.  I was angry.  I was angry at how Governor Palin and her family was treated.  I was angry about how many in the Republican establishment remained silent while she was savaged.  I’m not talking about pointing out policy differences or criticizing her record, but rather the personal attacks that she experienced day in and day out after she picked as Senator John McCain’s running mate.

It drove a narrative which in turn distorted her record.  That is what this movie is trying to correct.  Most of the movie is about her time as Mayor of Wasilla, how she helped to bolster the infrastructure and in doing so, helped to create an environment where small businesses could develop jobs.  She did this while cutting taxes.

It showed her as a reformer, unafraid of standing up to Big Oil, and corruption within her own party.  She resigned as a oil and gas commissioner out of principle in order to stand up to ethics violations which then Governor Frank Murkowski turned a blind eye to.  When she ran for Governor, she not only beat an incumbent Governor in the primary, she then went on to beat former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles.


Many people don’t know this record of accomplishment and reform.  Many people don’t realize from when she was inaugurated into office until the time she was tapped as the Vice Presidential nominee she was the most popular governor in the United States having an approval rating over 80%.  Most people know the Sarah Palin post-VP nomination, not her record of accomplishment.

She was a capable and popular Governor, but one who was vilified and was subject to all sorts of frivolous ethics complaints which eventually led to her resignation.  Her resignation, like her service, was marked with her desire to serve the people of Alaska and do what was in their best interests.

Read Vander Hart’s entire review here.

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