Hillary and Bernie, it's close!  By Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

Hillary and Bernie, it’s close!
photo by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America

“A loss there could be a sharp blow to all the work we’ve done. We’ve got the momentum to carry this win, but our folks on the ground still need the resources to put us over the finish line,” Clinton wrote. “There’s a lot riding on the New Hampshire primary in just one month. It’s going to be close, but I’m ready to do this.” [CNN]

THINGS SURE get intense before the Iowa caucuses but this year doesn’t compare to what Hillary Clinton faced in Iowa in 2008, and what her supporters came up against after Iowa. I’m not going to throw out numbers, but suffice it to say it’s very close in Iowa, with Bernie Sanders ahead in New Hampshire. That’s the mojo of it this instant, regardless of the establishment lock on delegates that favors Hillary Clinton, the African-American vote, etc. For Republicans, the war has intensified.

All eyes are on Iowa, but it’s the Republican side of things where Iowans should feel some heat. Evangelicals, as they’re referred to in block, seem to revel in the “energize the body of Christ” severity Ted Cruze specializes in. It’s why GOP extremists tend to win in Iowa, then immediately fade.

The media trying to describe this is a fool’s errand, which Kathleen Parker found out last night with Anderson Cooper. She was reduced to babbling incoherently, while blurting out, “energize the body of Christ,” before explaining it fully to the audience. Televised pontificating isn’t Parker’s specialty and it showed.

Fox Business channel announced that Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul are out of the main stage debate.

John H. Sununu has declared war on Donald Trump, and it’s hilarious.

Hillary Clinton’s getting tough news coverage lately.

Fox News reported another FBI-Clinton story. The sourcing is anonymous, and the story needs more meat. I’m not denigrating Catherine Herridge or Pamela Brown’s reporting, but the story isn’t there yet. (It’s not like the faulty Fox News reporting I called out on Benghazi.)

Did you see “Morning Joe” on Monday?



Now to something I saw today on “With All Due Respect.” There were two segments, one for Bernie, another for Clinton. Sanders had two very energetic, knowledgeable and informative “supporters” talking him up. While Clinton’s segment featured a top Clinton political adviser, Amanda Renteria, which is great but it didn’t come close to having the impact of the Sanders team. For one, the woman was a former Hillary supporter. She was also African American. The other was the impact of the enthusiasm.

Paid operatives will never top psyched supporters.

It was a subtle difference but details can send strong messages.

People can change their minds during a caucus. I’ve seen it happen.

And Bernie Sanders has accomplished something that no one in Washington or New York thought he could, myself included.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are deadlocked in both Iowa and New Hampshire three weeks before voting begins in the 2016 presidential race, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll finds. [Wall Street Journal]