VIDEO: With renewed speculation about Sarah Palin’s political future, a 2011 documentary resurfaces

With renewed speculation about Sarah Palin’s plans for an Alaska senate run, a little-known 2011 documentary about the former Alaska governor and VP candidate has resurfaced, and is slowly being recognized as a crucial look into Palin’s controversial rise to prominence.

Nick Broomfield is a highly acclaimed British documentary filmmaker who has covered a wide variety of topics such as his brilliant take on the serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the Iraq War, and even the murder of Tupac Shakur.

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! is an intriguing look into Palin’s dark and tumultuous political history in Alaska, along with the vast swath of political enemies that she’s made in her hometown of Wasilla. It’s this pattern of retribution against people who were formerly in her inner circle — but then deemed to be disloyal — that is now manifesting itself in her many political troubles on the bigger stage of Washington D.C.

Broomfield reveals the almost conspiratorial atmosphere created by her followers who guard Palin’s reputation in Wasilla, stemming from the epic feuds that she’s initiated — most notably the repeated attempts to get her ex-brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

A revealing point in the film is when Broomfield interviews Steve Schmidt, a top Republican strategist who was responsible for Palin being John McCain’s running mate in 2008, who now deeply regrets his decision:

This is a person who thought that the Queen of England was, you know, a head of government. And the head of — who was making the on-the-line decisions with regard to like, British participation in Iraq, which she had difficulty picking out on a map. […] And then you have a person who I think is extraordinarily divisive. I believe she is deeply dishonest. And there were other behaviors that were exhibited during the campaign that, you know, a lot of us who were in proximity to her were deeply concerned about. And the fact is that you have this long history that goes back to her very first forays into public life, where there are people who are around her who are committed to her success, to her well-being, who she turns on and scapegoats and attacks and fights with, and this is a person that’s literally in the middle of 40, 50, 60 different feuds. There were fights with everybody. And the notion that, that is the character of someone that aspires to the America presidency, I find spine-chilling.

Watch the full film in the video below.

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  1. Bob Cull

    July 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    We already knew she was an air head with no real qualifications for any office, but this cinches it! If anyone elects her to the Senate, they should refuse to seat her, if they are forced to seat her then all of the resources available to the justice dept. should be applied ti the task of finding something that she can be imprisoned for. I’m sure that she has something in her past that the statute of limitations has not yet run out on.

  2. matt higgins

    July 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Do people that follow this skank not have a brain in their heads, or do they have such short memories ,prob. caused by being dropped on their heads as babies, that don’t recall this idiot’s fumblings/ramblings the last time she was on the political stage. Made a fool of her self then, and she’ll do it again. There will still be people following her like the lemmings that they are…

  3. Matt

    August 20, 2013 at 6:15 am

    It’s terrifying how close she came to the White House.

  4. sunny47446

    August 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I am still shaking at the thought of how close she came. Even the republicans won’t touch her anymore. I loved the prank at the end!

  5. Bill Valenti

    August 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    She needs a theme song. Here it is:

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