We're going to have our monthly 2012 poll out Friday but here are some observations on the Republican possibles:
-There continues to be no evidence of any backlash for Mike Huckabee in the wake of the Washington cop killings. His favorability is at 35/29, which is a seven point net improvement from 36/37 in mid-November. He continues to poll the best of the leading GOP candidates being mentioned for 2012.
-As much as the political climate has turned in a Republican direction over the last year voters don't really like Sarah Palin any more than they did ten months ago. In March of 2009 her favorability was at 39/50. Now it's 42/51. Yesterday's election could be seen as an indication that Republicans do better when they nominate un-Palinlike candidates. We'll see if they get the memo.