Sometimes politicians get into a tough position with no easy way out, and their best option is just to plow straight ahead. Hillary Clinton is now in such a position.
The most reputable Iowa caucus polling this month shows Clinton with a very narrow lead over Bernie Sanders. TheDes Moines Register/Bloomberg News survey, conducted by the highly regarded Des Moines-based Ann Selzer, shows the former secretary of State with a 2-point lead over the senator from Vermont among likely caucus attendees, 42 to 40 percent. The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, which is conducted by Marist University and in my opinion is the best of the university-affiliated polls, pegs the Clinton edge at 3 points, 48 to 45 percent. A Quinnipiac University survey gives Sanders a 5-point lead, 49 to 44 percent.
In New Hampshire, the NBC/WSJ/Marist poll puts Sanders up by 4 points among likely primary voters, 50 to 46 percent. Two other polls that I view with some skepticism give Sanders bigger leads. Fox News shows him up by 13 points, 50 to 37 percent, and Monmouth University puts him ahead by 14 points, 53 to 39 percent.