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Republicans Ditching Palin

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll squirts more lighter fluid on the Sarah Palin bonfire.

Worse, the latest evidence that Palin cannot possibly become president in 2012 is focused solely on her swiftly eroding Republican support.

Yes, the base, with the notable exceptions of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, seem to be heading for the exits.

For the first time in Post-ABC News polling, fewer than six in 10 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents see Palin in a favorable light, down from a stratospheric 88 percent in the days after the 2008 Republican National Convention and 70 percent as recently as October.

Palin’s unfavorable ratings have jumped to 37 percent among Republicans, while 58 percent still view her favorably.

On the bright side, GOP voters don’t much like anyone better as yet. Mike Huckabee leads all the potential candidates with a 61 percent favorability rating. Mitt Romney scores a 60, and Newt Gingrich only notches a 55.

So why is the base seemingly forsaking Palin? Have they concluded, like Matt Labash, that Palin has become the GOP equivalent of Al Sharpton? Maybe she should have taken that widely-rumored offer to appear on “Dancing With the Stars,” or maybe the media saturation is the reason for her polling fail.

Sarah Palin = Al Sharpton; A GOP Insult Decoded

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Establishment Republicans are trying to put the genie back in the bottle. An article at Politico rounds up all those willing to go on record who deem Sarah Palin’s potential 2012 run for president a looming disaster for the GOP. Capturing the headline, however, was a quote by the Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, who had the following assessment of Palin’s public profile:

She’s becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition.

Make no mistake, likening someone to Al Sharpton is about the biggest insult one can make in Republican circles. It is synonymous with calling someone a fraud, and a carpetbagger, the punchline to an ongoing political joke.

But Politico’s piece is just the sort of thing that Palin loves to try and turn to her own advantage. As with criticisms from Barbara Bush and others, Palin will soon fire back that she’s not a Washington DC elite or insider, stressing her populist, tea party cred.

So why are the likes of George Will, Labash, Bush, and others starting to finally speak up about Palin’s campaign of victimization? Simple, they want her out of the race before she formally steps into it because they know full well that she can’t win. In that way, she is, in fact, just like Al Sharpton. 

My question, on the other hand, is how Palin compares to Sharpton in terms of dance moves.