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“I’m not going to sit down and shut up,” Mrs. Palin told Fox News earlier this week.

READY TO RUMBLE

A pair of volunteer stalwarts will flank new Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he marches into the rigorous, 30-day transition period for the party. Former committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and Nick Ayers, former executive director of the Republican Governors Association, will accept no payment or staff positions to serve on “the team that will help ensure Republicans have a topnotch ground game in the 2012 election cycle,” Mr. Priebus says.

Other key players on the 20-member transition team: Steve King, former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin; Henry Barbour, national committeeman for the Mississippi Republican Party; and Betti Hill, national committeewoman of the Montana Republican State Central Committee.

POLL DU JOUR

• 82 percent of Americans say it’s “extremely” or “very” important that House Republicans work with President Obama and Senate Democrats to pass legislation both parties agree on.

• 77 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats agree.

• 80 percent overall say President Obama should work to pass legislation both parties agree on, even if it’s not what Democrats want.

• 93 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats agree.

• 39 percent overall say it’s “extremely” or “very” important for House Republicans to prevent President Obama and Senate Democrats from passing legislation Republicans disagree with.

• 55 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1,032 adults conducted Jan. 14-16.

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