One week until Iowa.  Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL, with help from Darrel Hammond, via YouTube below

One week until Iowa, it’s town hall night for Democrats.
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“As somebody who respects Secretary Clinton, its saddens me that she would go to a professional political hit man,” Sanders told The Post. [Washington Post]

THE VOTING is about to begin, one week from today to be exact. Conservatives are contorting themselves in a last ditch effort to stop Donald Trump. Supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are at war, as are the candidates, which should make tonight’s town hall interesting.

From NBC, something important

Even if Sanders racks up delegates in population centers, Clinton can beat him by winning dozens of smaller counties.

“If he doesn’t have a statewide organization, it’s going to be death by a thousand cuts,” said Norm Sterzenbach, a former executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party. “I would rather have geographic diversity than a ton of enthusiasm, concentrated.”

[…] Still, Sanders has dramatically expanded his team across Iowa to match or even outsize Clinton’s, and is working hard to make up for lost time. And his genuine, organic enthusiasm could swamp all of Clinton’s best laid plans. It’s also possible that the polls are missing non-traditional caucus-goers.

Mitch Stewart was Obama’s guy in Iowa in 2008.

But Sanders has found his stride and after last week’s barrage of negative, mostly unhinged attacks against him by a slew of Clinton surrogates. Let’s just say the Sanders’ campaign is returning fire, starting with calling David Brock a “professional political hit man.”

From the Washington Post

[…] “When Hillary Clinton’s hit man is throwing garbage at the media, she is in a sense making it harder for me to win the general election.

“Our campaign is not going to simply sit back and accept all of these attacks,” Sanders added. “We are going to win this thing.”

[…] Over the course of The Post interview, Sanders said Clinton was running a “desperate” campaign incapable of generating the kind of excitement his has. He raised questions about her motives and character. He said he expects Clinton and her campaign to “throw the kitchen sink” at him in the coming week in what he described as a craven attempt to avoid an embarrassing loss in Iowa.

Oh, and Donald Trump is taking credit for the momentum that’s been seen in Sanders direction.

Sanders is hoping to repeat the 2008 playbook of energizing young people and first-time caucus-goers that led Barack Obama to beat Clinton here. It’s working — he’s pulled even with her overall and is leading Clinton by more than 2-to-1 among people under 45, according a Des Moines Register poll, and by nearly 20 percentage points among people who plan to attend their first caucuses. [NBC News]