When the history of the Tea Party is written, what you accomplished will not be forgotten. We will take courage and we will take back our country. It starts here in Madison, Wisconsin!…President Obama, Game on!
~ Sarah Palin
By Gary P Jackson
Tuesday was a historic day in Pella, Iowa. Our likely next President of the United States, and her "First Dude" were in town for the world premier of the new movie: The Undefeated that looks to tell the story many people don't know, and set the record straight for those that only know Sarah Palin from the lies told to them by the lamestream media.
Though we weren't able to personally attend, there is some great coverage of the event, which I'd like to run down for you. This world premier event received international attention, knocking President Obama's same day visit Iowa off the front pages. More people were in Pella for the movie premier than were in Davenport to see Obama. Same goes for the event held in Waterloo the day before.
For those who are still wondering whether Sarah Palin is really going to run for President or is just going to sit this one out, as you read further, I think you'll get your answer.
Let's start off with a few photos from Politicons:
Though the film's director, Stephen Bannon purposely passed over the establishment politicos, in favor of inviting regular people to the event, Sarah and Todd did have lunch at the Panera Bread Store with long-time Iowa fundraiser Becky Beach [and her dog Jake] and Moe Sinclair, who owns the Panera stores in Iowa and other surrounding states.
Becky Beach is a behind-the-scenes operative with longstanding ties to the Bush family. She also is the granddaughter of former Republican National Committee Chairwoman Mary Louise Smith, and was a key aide to Ankeny lawyer Jeff Lamberti’s 2006 congressional campaign. She is often tapped for key projects for the Iowa Republican Party.
Moe Sinclair the successful owner of Panera Bread of Iowa, was recently named Panera Bread LLC's top franchisee.
Sarah looked stunning in jeans.
The huge crowd gathered early.
Sarah was surrounded by supporters.
There are many more photos, as well as some running commentary here.
Andrew Breitbart tweeted this morning:
1st time I spent time w Palins last night. Divide between real @SarahPalinUSA & media's distorted persona is more grotesque than I thought.
Scott Conroy from Real Clear Politics is the go to guy lately, if you want Twitter updates from Palin events. He is a good journalist and treats the Governor fair.
Here's a sampling of what he had to say:
Craig Robinson: the people Palin will be mingling with in IA today "are quite important"
Presented without comment http://t.co/uhPbXF2
Palin: "I told Bristol what we talk about on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat." [talking about Bristol's comment on Fox & Friends ... Gary]
Asked Palin what her commitment would be to to Iowa process if she runs. "110 percent" she said.
Palin: film is "great illustration of what it is that you can accomplish as a team, a bipartisan approach..."
Palin: folks who moved to IA to organize for her are "greatly appreciated." Says she's not worried about missing the boat
Palin team isn't directly reaching out to Iowa bigwigs but they're definitely using indirect methods to plant seeds here
I gave Palin chance to tell the organize4palin folks to stop & go home, instead she encouraged them. Would be odd if shes decided not to run
You can Follow Scott on Twitter here.
The last few tweets from Conroy tell the tale. As most of Sarah's supporters know, Californian Pete Singleton so believes in Sarah Palin, that he's basically moved to Iowa and has been creating one hell of a ground game. Singleton is part of Karen Allen's Organize4Palin a strong grass root volunteer organization that is setting up chapters in all 50 states. You can join the group here and help make history.
Many of the lamestream media were shocked to find out just how strong Sarah's ground game in Iowa is.
Nico Hines tweeted these nuggets:
Everyone here's doing their damnedest to make Palin run. Patriotic songs, pleading and even prayer. Lotta whooping. Hasn't even started...
Whether she is orchestrating it or not, there is also a sizeable, organised grassroots Palin volunteer movement already in place across Iowa
Team Palin held discussions tonight with the Iowa Tea Party over organising a united bus tour #she'llbeback
To sum up, Sarah is thanking the Singleton and Organize4Palin for their hard work, when asked is certainly not telling them to stop, and is looking at putting together a joint Sarah Palin/Iowa Tea Party bus tour.
Here's a taste of what others have to say about the event, with links:
Iowan Shane Vander Hart was at the premier and has a great review and some video here
John Nolte writes in Big Hollywood: Palin Said After ‘The Undefeated’ Ended: ‘Man, we’re gonna go down fighting!’
John also has: Palin Quotes From ‘The Undefeated’ Premiere On Vicious Celeb Attacks, MSM
Steve Woodhouse of the Knoxville Journal-Express: Most found Palin film educational
Even Joshua Green from the far left Atlantic writes Palin Dazzles Pella and ends his report with:
Palin appears to have come to Pella primarily to support Bannon's film and cheer on her supporters. She didn't drop any overt hints about the presidency that I picked up on, besides pledging to devote "110 percent" to Iowa if she did run. Even so, crowd members kept approaching her and urging her to run, and after seeing the film, those feelings seemed only to intensify. There can be little doubt that if she does decide to run, Palin won't lack for committed Iowans. Several that I spoke to were skipping the barbecue to attend Tea Party caucus training sessions.
One of them, Craig Bergman, a burly, cowboy-hatted gentleman from Des Moines, was plainly inspired by what he saw. He sought out Palin's aide, Rebecca Mansour, and, grinning widely, exclaimed, "Now all she has to do is run!" I asked if he thought she would. "Look, there has never been a weaker field," he told me. "If she doesn't run, we're going to nominate one of the three stooges--Romney, Pawlenty, or Perry--and they're going to lose to Obama. That will ruin the party." The people around us nodded in agreement. I departed thinking that if Palin gets in, she'll have many energetic supporters--and that if she doesn't, she'll draw one heck of a backlash.
Bergman is right, we have an incredibly weak field of candidates, so far. I personally feel Sarah Palin will whip Obama like a rented mule come November 2012. I think she could win bigger than Ronald Reagan did against Jimmy Carter in 1980. Reagan won 44 states to Carter's 6.
Victory Films has: A grumpy reporter changes her mind:
It was silly, really. After spending all day on the road to cover President Obama in Davenport, the last thing I really wanted to do was join the paparazzi for some celebrity-gazing. But I couldn’t resist. And I’m glad I came, because it was fun to see the local folks enjoying the spectacle.
Sherri Jorgensen, 38, of Pella, a mother of five, was one of those. "That was awesome!" she said, as Palin passed by.
"I just think she’s beautiful, with strong convictions, and just holds herself well. I just look up to her as a mother and as a politician," Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen said she’d love to see Palin run for president, but she doesn’t think she will. "I think she’s in a beautiful spot in her career, where she is now. I think she has time" to run in the future.
Craig Bergman, who has been traveling with the Iowa Tea Party bus tour, said he’s sure she’s going to run. Before seeing the movie, he said, Palin was his No. 2 choice after Ron Paul. After the movie, he said, "She’s my No. 1."
The Iowa event is a game changer. As the movie picks up momentum after it's July 15 national release, and millions of Americans get to see the real Sarah Palin, and learn of her incredible record as a leader, the other candidates are going to become insignificant, and that includes our current President.
We've heard a lot of reports saying than many members in the Pella Opera House audience that walked in not supporting Sarah Palin, walked out as strong supporters. It's simply amazing what the truth will do.
If you want a copy of The Undefeated for your home library, you're in luck. SarahPAC is offering the early-release version of the DVD with a donation of $100 or more. Details here.
As Sarah Palin said on that cold day in Wisconsin: "Game On!"