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Opinion: A little-noticed private curtain call for Sarah Palin after defeat

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Sarah Palin, the 44-year-old governor of Alaska who burst onto the nation’s political scene Aug. 29 with her selection as the first woman on a presidential ticket in the Republican Party’s 164-year history, quietly walked off the Phoenix stage with her running mate, John McCain, last night after his concession speech. (See the complete text here.)

But a little while later, the rest of the country’s attention was focused on Barack Obama’s speech on Chicago’s lakefront (see complete text here)

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Thanks to the sharp eyes of The Times’ Seema Mehta, Palin and her large, extended family were spotted walking back out onto the Biltmore Hotel’s expansive lawn to what would have been the victory celebration site.

There, where McCain had graciously conceded shortly before, the Palin family posed with one another in front of the large U.S. flag hanging as the backdrop. A couple of dozen people nearby began chanting, ‘2012, 2012, 2012.’

Palin smiled and waved. Was this the start of something? Or the end?

--Andrew Malcolm

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