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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.