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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Book Says McCain Campaign Staff Literally Had the Lights Turned Out on Sarah Palin on Election Night 2008 - Video

Here is video of the authors of a new book on Sarah Palin claiming in an interview on CBS that McCain Campaign officials actually had the lights turned out on Palin the night of the election to prevent her from giving a concession speech.

Authors of "Sarah from Alaska" - Scott Conroy and Shoshanna Walsh - say Palin had planned to give a concession speech on Election Night, but Sen. John McCain decided against it. Later in the evening, Palin reportedly returned to the stage with family to have some pictures taken, and McCain Campaign people thought she might try to make a speech and ordered the lights turned out!

The authors say it was an "all-out civil war" between McCain's staff and Palin's staff during the latter part of the campaign.

I don't know how fair this book is to Palin - probably not very based on other parts of this interview - but I do think there is little doubt that McCain's staff resented Palin, probably for the enormous crowds she drew, and because they knew during those final weeks that McCain was going to lose.


Larry S November 4, 2009 at 10:30 AM  

When was the last time a losing VP candidate ever made a "concession speech"? Palin literally wanted the spotlight on her all the time, and it simlpy wouldn't happen. It shouldn't happen with ANY VP candidate. A VP's job is to go stand in the corner and act like a potted palm, unless and untilt he President asks the VP to do something. For Palin, it all has to be about her.

Brian November 4, 2009 at 10:49 AM  

I think the video itself has the authors pointing out that as recently as 2004, John Edwards made a concession speech.

Anonymous,  November 4, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

I suspect, that just like at her rallies, there were plenty of us who wanted to hear from Sarah. We only supported McCain to support Sarah. She drew crowds like no other. McCain and crew were jealous, simple as that.

Larry S November 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

2000 and 2004 were different animals. Concessions were important because of the circumstances of those elections. I doubt you could name another one before 2000.

Face it, McCain's and Palin's loss in 2008 was a run-of-the-mill loss. VP candidates either fade into the woodwork or gear up for the next presiddntial run... they don't bother making concessions. It wasn't Palin's fault, though: she thought she'd at least win Miss Congeniality.

Anonymous,  November 5, 2009 at 12:57 AM  

This is a wonderful video, and I agree it's probably the best election night video out there.

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