It seems pretty clear by now that stripping public sector unions of all collective bargaining rights is a step too far for most Americans. The impact of reality on a movement largely sealed off from it is an interesting moment. And if you thought Virginia was going to be an easy electoral college gain for the GOP in 2012, this poll might give some pause. Obama wins the state by "8 points over Mike Huckabee at 51-43, 12 over Newt Gingrich at 51-39, and a whopping 19 over Sarah Palin at 54-35."

A 19 point Obama-Palin gap in Virginia? Can you imagine what that means in the rest of the country?

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