The Washington Post and ABC News have just released a new national poll on the relative positions of Democratic and Republican candidates:
Dan Balz and Jon Cohen have useful analysis here — and of course, everyone seems to have to say that Iowa is wide open and competitive in the Dem race.
But I have to admit skepticism that any Iowa poll at this point will seriously disrupt a 30 point lead nationally. What an Obama or Edwards win in Iowa could do is buoy up just a bit anti-Hillary forces in the Democratic Party, but even combined, Obama and Edwards are only drawing 33%.
Hillary Clinton has the only juggernaut political machine in either party today, and stopping a juggernaut requires both sizzle and a political operation I haven’t seen yet — even with Oprah in the game.
— Steve Clemons