Will Sanders push his opening on Wall Street?  screen capture from Bernie Sanders on Instagram

Will Sanders push his opening on Wall Street?
screen capture from Bernie Sanders on Instagram

Sanders’ lead is in part built on his economic policies. Democratic caucus-goers said they trust the Vermont senator over Clinton on the economy by 22 points, and 67% said they thought he would do more to help the middle class, as opposed to 30% who felt that way about Clinton. [CNN]

THE CLOSING argument ads from Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, are out and you’ve likely seen them. Things are tightening, polls bouncing around, and it’s pretty obvious either Sanders or Clinton could win Iowa. Right now, however, it’s Trump, Sanders, on top.

From the CNN/ORC poll

Trump leads Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is in second place in the GOP race, among likely Republican caucus-goers, 37% to 26%. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is in third at 14%, the only other Republican in double digits. Ben Carson failed to register half of Rubio’s support and is in fourth place at 6%.

Sanders, meanwhile, has opened up an eight-point lead over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, leading her in Iowa 51% to 43% among likely Democratic presidential caucus-goers.

Bill Clinton has returned to the hunt in New Hampshire and beyond, some of it behind the scenes. If you’re reading the stories about the campaign you know why he’s back. I’ve drawn a map.

Oh, and there will now be a town hall on Monday with CNN. Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday that CNN had reached out to the Iowa Democratic Party back in November about an event close to the Iowa caucuses.

A conversation has begun percolating again because both camps are working to heighten distinctions.

A recent piece on HuffPost is making the rounds, “The Clinton Team Is Writing ‘Too Big To Fail’ Out Of The Financial Crisis.” It’s causing a lot of commotion for good reasons.

This week, Paul Krugman claimed that “too big to fail was at best marginal” to the crash of 2008. Earlier this month, the economist Austan Goolsbee said on Twitter that “BIG wasn’t what made Bear or Lehman dangerous. it was the ability to spill damage onto others.” Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) even said Lehman was “very small” when it failed.

This has accompanied a broader barrage of Clinton rhetoric suggesting that Bernie Sanders’ plan to break up big banks is a weak proposal that ignores her tough-as-nails shadow banking plan. Basically, the argument goes, “too big to fail” was never a serious problem, or at least the “big” part of it wasn’t really a problem, and anyhow, Lehman Brothers wasn’t very big.

Here’s the problem: This is preposterous. In the Obama era, we’ve grown accustomed to evidence-blind nonsense from Republican politicians looking to protect big banks’ profits. But we’ve entered a sad new world when respected liberals start echoing the arguments proffered by Hamilton Place Strategies, a PR shop run by former George W. Bush Treasury spokesman Tony Fratto, who works on behalf of big banks. Krugman, Goolsbee et al. are essentially placing a Democratic Party seal of approval on corporate GOP rhetoric.

The Democratic mood fits Sanders like the Republican mood fits Trump. That doesn’t mean their organizations can deliver but if they do…

Negative charges are flying.

Clinton slammed Sanders Thursday on foreign policy, questioning whether he’s ready.

“Senator Sanders doesn’t talk much about foreign policy, but when he does it raises concerns. Sometimes it can sound like he really hasn’t thought it through.” – Hillary Clinton

After Senator Claire McCaskill embarrassed herself, then David Brock, twice, watching Guy Cecil on “With All Due Respect” yesterday, I’m reminded of just how difficult being an attack dog is and how fast it can turn sour on someone.