Palin Planned Concession Speech
McCain aides turned her down, script in hand, at final rally
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 6, 2008 8:31 AM CST
John McCain is joined by Sarah Palin during a rally with supporters on election night in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin arrived for John McCain’s final rally with her own speech in hand, the New York Times reports, to be told, firmly, by McCain’s top advisers that VP candidates do not get the microphone on election nights, win or lose. Her ambition to take the stage reinforced the McCain camp’s festering certainty that the Alaska governor has had her eye trained well beyond 2008, the sorest of many grievances that poisoned relations between the running mates.

There were major flaps over her fashion spending, her ill-prepared and ill-fated Katie Couric interview, and even the prank phone call incident. Many staffers believe a top Palin aide was leaking “a constant stream of poison” to New York Times columnist Bill Kristol. The columnist, a staunch Palin cheerleader, objects. “I wasn’t writing poison,” he protests.

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Nov 8, 2008 12:29 AM CST
she should study geography first or take a vacation in the ("state"?) of Africa...
Nov 6, 2008 9:38 PM CST
man. she really was the iceberg to mccain's titanic, wasn't she?
Nov 6, 2008 7:53 PM CST
The bigger question is, how did she become a Governor in the first place.