From the Telegraph UK:
Leaked copies of two speeches Sarah Palin prepared for last year's US election night have revealed she planned to salute her husband Todd as the nation's "first ever Second Dude" in the event of victory.This news was, as you can imagine, covered thoroughly on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where a subsituting Lawrence O'Donnell was joined by The Village Voice’s Michael Musto, reading them in drag.
McCain aides were worried an election night speech, apart from being unprecedented, would deviate from the respectful tone that the war veteran senator struck to wide praise in his own remarks.
Mrs Palin's draft in fact paid rich and appropriate tribute to the victorious Mr Obama.
"If he governs America with the skill and grace we have often seen in him, and the greatness of which he is capable, we're gonna be just fine," she planned to say.Concession speech:read more...
“And when a black citizen prepares to fill the office of Washington and Lincoln, that is a shining moment in our history that can be lost on no one. Barack Obama has achieved a great thing, for himself and for our country, and I congratulate him.
“It would be a happier night if elections were a test of valour and merit alone, but that is not for us to question now.
“Now it is time for us go our way, neither bitter nor vanquished, but instead confident in the knowledge that there will be another day.”
“And I said to my husband Todd that it’s not a step down when he’s no longer Alaska’s 'First Dude’. He will now be the first guy ever to become the 'Second Dude’.
“Had it gone the other way tonight, we would not have returned in sorrow to the great State of Alaska. We would have carried with us memories that are forever, and joyful experiences that do not depend on victory.
“This is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line.”