Sarah Palin: You Betcha! Toronto Film Festival

First Night: Sarah Palin: You Betcha! Toronto Film Festival
Broomfield’s pursuit of Palin runs out

By Kaleem Aftab

“The hottest governor in the coldest state” is the latest target for Nick Broomfield, who in October 2010 took his microphone and camera to Sarah Palin’s home town of Wasilla, Alaska, in an attempt to discover the truth behind the “hockey mom” myth.

The trouble is that Palin has been under so much scrutiny since coming in from the cold, when she was anointed the saviour of John McCain’s ailing presidential campaign, that there are no stones left for Broomfield to turn.

Starting with archive footage of Palin’s famous acceptance speech in which she declared that the difference between a woman and a Rottweiler was lipstick, Broomfield regurgitates the myth of the competitive Christian mother who at one time had an approval rating of 98 per cent.

Broomfield struggles to keep his footing on Wasilla’s icy roads – a good metaphor for the film, which skates on thin ice as a journalistic endeavour.

Proceedings get off to a good start when the British documentarian ventures to Palin’s parents’ house and is invited in by her dad, Chuck Heath. The initial depiction is of an endearing old man bewildered by his daughter’s success. Broomfield then meets some members of Palin’s former Alaskan political team, Anne Kilkenny, John Bitney and Colleen Cottle, who chat about the zest of the Governor. Going against conventional thought is Broomfield’s forte, and he’s surprisingly at his strongest when praising Palin.

But it is all predictably a case of building ’em up so you can knock ’em down. After Palin declines his written request for an interview, Broomfield seeks her out at a book signing in Texas. When he asks if she would give an interview, the response gives the movie its title: “I could do that, you betcha!”

But still it proves elusive: the interview between Palin and Broomfield that the documentary is crying out for never happens. Instead Broomfield meets more and more people willing to tell him what a kooky, mean, vindictive woman Palin is.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 20:20:27

    Interesting how Anne Kilkinney ( A very nice fellow Alaskan and active community member) but a extreme liberal Democrat.. She is named on Palin’s politcal team.. He said that he was able to only contact 1 former classmate Wasilla HS 82 of Sarahs.. Really? My sister, my neighbor and a work friend all are former classmates WHS 1982. They were never contacted by this film maker. I have no hope that the truth will ever come out. Oy, I’m so confused! This anti Palin film maker creates fantasy political teams, doesn’t talk to consistent, conservative anti Palin voices- Like the 2 named in Politicos article..Paul Jenkins and myself. Palin has done a good job of confusing the public with the help of media and those who want to make a buck but careless about the real facts of the matter.. Its clear that Palin and finding any real truth that can reveal her inequities is elusive and obscure.


  2. Jean (@Jeanabella)
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 03:19:08

    Talk about confusing! Broomfield should have talked to your sister, your neighbor, and a work friend?
    How about you talking to them? Maybe Broomfield didn’t know about them, but you do.
    Maybe they have nothing to say, not the point, but that could be the reason you haven’t posted it here.
    Still confused.
    One question more: What is your meaning of “extreme liberal democrat”?

    Thank You,



  3. Syrin
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 05:43:19

    You are confused..
    BTW I’ve talked to plenty of people. However, this guy never contacted me or other active Conservative Republicans who have worked and live in Wasilla, Alaska.. Never heard that term before? Extreme lib is opposite of extreme right wing.. Almost the same . But not!.. She’s fine with her politics. It is what it is! But, why she would even be named as part of a Palin political team.. No disrespect intended. I know Anne, she is fantastic at presenting her personal thoughts and concerns on every issue to groups and sub groups around the valley. But they’re her issues, concerning her political preference on how they should be handled. Kilkinney seems unlikely that she would be on any political team for Palin or anyone.


  4. Martha
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 17:36:57

    I really get weary of the same degree of extremism being applied to the right and the left.

    It is simply not true, not true at all.

    There are many examples including, but not limited to the Dominionists, I would actually put them in their own category of “insane”. Almost the entire republican party has become extreme.

    Consider this Grover Norquist pledge, and know that there is NOTHING like this on the left, NOTHING, not even close.

    Can you imagine for even a second that thousands of Democratic lawmakers would sign a pledge to an outside institution, (pretending to pledge to constituants to keep the outside institution out of legal trouble), to ALWAYS raise taxes, no matter what, just ALWAYS raise taxes no matter what the circumstance the country might be in?

    They never have and never will, because it is as ridiculous as it is crazy as it is treasonous….this is far, far beyond an extreme point of view.

    Thoughtful Conservatives need to wake up, the republican party no longer represents you in any way, they bow to Grover Norquist.

    This pledge is beyond extreme, it is by definition directly contrary to the constitutional pledge they all take and as long as these lawmakers remain loyal to Grover Norquist, rather than the people they represent and the country they are supposed to serve ….these thousands of republican lawmakers are in every sense of the word, committing treason.;

    Grover Norquist, a lobbyist and the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, has been lobbying against taxation of all forms for over two decades. Norquist has been pushing republicans in the House, the Senate and state legislative bodies to sign his organization’s anti-tax pledge which obligates the signors to oppose any form of tax increase without an equal tax cut to offset it.

    The pledge has been signed by ~~41 senators~~, ~~236 House members~~ and ~~1,263 state legislators.

    Norquist wields considerable influence over the Republican Party and is considered the driving force behind the anti-taxation issues, which have become the primary stance of the GOP.

    According to Americans for Tax Reform, the pledge is made not to the organization, bur rather to the elected official’s constituents.

    However, it does not appear that the majority of constituents in the United States have signed on to endorse the pledge, and many are likely unaware that the pledge exists.

    Americans for Tax Reform has used its funding and influence to turn a GOP talking point into a written obligation to indefinitely adhere to an unsustainable position.

    Republican lawmakers who are reluctant to sign the pledge often do so to avoid having Norquist and his anti-tax allies support a primary challenger.

    American citizens recite a Pledge of Allegiance, and nowhere in that pledge do I recall anything about taxes or any mention of a Grover Norquist.

    Elected officials take an oath when being sworn-in to office.

    That oath, made to the American people, is also mysteriously devoid of any mention of Norquist or taxation.

    Therefore, I will surmise that the both the Pledge of Allegiance and the Oath of Office outweigh the significance of any pledge made to Grover Norquist.

    Furthermore, I will assert that any pledge or contract that conflicts with the Pledge of Allegiance and/or the Oath of Office is essentially nullified by obligation.

    We do not elect politicians to sign pledges to private organizations when those pledges may directly conflict with the best interests of the American people.

    Norquist’s rigid anti-tax pledge makes no concessions for an unforeseeable future.

    This would be the business equivalent of a company refusing to even consider raising an essential department’s budget regardless of external and internal factors.

    The pledge is unrealistic and goes against the spirit of adaptability that has allowed our nation to flourish for 235 years, to the day.

    The pledge, which was not voted on by the American people, should be disregarded and discarded by our elected officials.

    Tomorrow: Call Americans for Tax Reform in Washington D.C. and tell them you never signed any pledge to Grover Norquist


    Or write them a letter:
    Americans for Tax Reform
    722 12th Street, NW
    Fourth Floor
    Washington, DC 20005 /


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