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Sarah Palin’s once-vaunted popularity with Republicans has fallen 18 percent in recent weeks and he one-time tea party centerfold has become so unpopular in her home state that she couldn’t even deliver the annointed tea party candidate against a write-in candidate.
Palin’s once-large crowds have dwindled, he book signings draw handfuls, not crowds and Republicans admit privately that they need a new sexpot to spice up interest in the party.
A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll says:
In the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, the survey suggests Palin may have some work to do if she throws her hat in the ring. Only 49 percent of Republicans say that they are likely to support Sen. John McCain‘s running mate in 2008 for the Republican nomination in 2012.
“That’s a huge 18-point drop since December of 2008, when two-thirds of GOPers said they were likely to support Palin. It also puts her well behind potential rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, and a bit behind Newt Gingrich as well,” adds Holland.
Even worse, polls in Alaska, polls show more and more residents there are fed i[ with the former vice-presidential running mate of John McCain and just want her to shut up.
Palin’s reality TV show is sinking in the ratings and her publisher’s warehouse is overflowing with unsold copies of her latest book.
Palin’s fall from grace could also mean trouble for the ragtag tea party whose newly-elected candidates continue to fumble their way around Washington.
“Talk about the gang that couldn’t shoot straight,” one lone time Washington watcher tells Capitol Hill Blue. “Some of these clowns still can’t find their offices.”
Some predict the crop of tea party winners who invade Capitol Hill for the new session that begins next month will be the more embarassing crop of newcomers to hit town since the flood of GOP winners that came to town with Ronald Reagan’s election sweep over Jimmy Carter in 1980.
About half lasted only one term.