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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Palin movie: ‘The Undefeated’ or ‘Hangover 3’?

Y’all are well acquainted with my view that Sarah Palin will not run for president, despite doing little things here and there to make the political press corps think otherwise. The latest example is the news broken by Real Clear Politics that a feature-length flick on Palin’s life and career will premiere next month in Iowa. “The Undefeated” is the stirring title. “Hangover 3might be more apt.

Palin has been all up in our national grill since Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — gee, thanks — plucked her out of North Star obscurity to make her his running mate. So, what more about the bestselling author, reality-TV star, Fox News political analyst, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee do we need to know? The interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric didn’t clue us in to much of what we needed to know?  “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” wasn’t enough?

This film comes at a time when Palin’s image and reputation are getting hammered. Yesterday came the revelation that her speechwriter and domestic policy adviser, Rebecca Mansour, expressed some tart thoughts about Palin’s adversaries and others via Twitter. A not-so-pretty tell-all book from her former aide Frank Bailey that used more than 50,000 Yahoo account e-mails was released this week. Levi Johnston, Palin’s grandbaby’s daddy, has a book due out in September that will describe his “life in Sarah Palin’s crosshairs.” The Palin movie will try very hard to capture the gubernatorial magic depicted in Joshua Green’s piece for the Atlantic. Unfortunately for her it’s entitled, “The Tragedy of Sarah Palin.”

According to Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics, after the film opens in Iowa, conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon wants to take it to the 2012-significant states of New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. There’s also talk of a potential video-on-demand deal and giving copies to donors to SarahPAC. “It shatters so many false stereotypes because it shows what she actually accomplished as governor,” Mansour told Conroy. “You can’t leave it thinking the same way about Sarah Palin.” That’s recognition of the fact that Palin’s popularity among Republican Party faithful has been flagging and that she continues to be wildly unpopular among the electorate as a whole.

As this chart of Palin’s popularity ratings makes plain, there are a lot of minds to change. No movie, no matter how favorable the depiction, can reverse this trend fast enough to make Palin a viable candidate for president. Not that she’s really running, of course.

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