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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Republicans’ souring on Sarah Palin is no shock

If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I am hardly surprised by today's Post-ABC News poll showing Sarah Palin losing more ground among Republicans. Iowa Republicans have cooled to her charms. And she hit a granite wall among New Hampshire Republicans, too.  All you political junkies know that if Palin is in the dumps among the party faithful in the first caucus and first primary states in the nation, her presidential ambitions are sunk. Assuming she’s actually going to run, which I don’t think she will.

As you can see from the chart , with a 58 percent approval rating, the half-term governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential nominee is still popular among Republicans. But that's a 20-point drop since the St. Paul convention and a 12-point slide since October. The American people expressed their unfavorable view of Palin last October. The displeasure has grown since. The latest Bloomberg poll pegs her unfavorable rating at 60 percent.

Basically, the GOP is starting to catch up with the rest of us.

The new Post poll comes as a fight has erupted among conservative intellectuals on the power of Palin on the Republican Party. Matt Lewis asks, “Could it be that east coast elites are simply turned off by someone who doesn’t sound like they live in New York or Washington, DC?” No. It’s because said elites, like most Americans, believe Palin is neither ready for nor willing to do the hard work that comes with real national leadership.

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