From Real Clear Politics, here are today’s poll numbers:
The conventional wisdom among pundits seems to be that the Q poll on Sanders-Clinton is an outlier since Clinton has held a slim but steady lead in other recent polls. I think Hillz wins in a squeaker (probably just jinxed her) and Trump soundly thrashes Cruz & Co. But who knows?
Sad internet paeans to the deeper meaning of the Sanders campaign are already appearing on lefty blogs — way prematurely, IMO (I remember reading similar eulogies when Obama lost in New Hampshire). Here’s a line from a tribute to the netroots published by Chris Bowers on Daily Kos:
But no matter the outcome in Iowa, there is something that the Sanders campaign has already proven, and it is something that every single Democrat in the country needs to pay attention to and take to heart.
The lesson is this: A more progressive America is possible than you believe. And not just in some hypothetical future with demographics and legislative maps very different than those of the present day. A more progressive America than you believe is possible than you believe right now.
Emphasis his. That last line left me scratching my noggin for a moment, sort of like the line from Bilbo Baggins’ farewell speech at the Party Tree: “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
Okay then. Any predictions?