One week from today, the votes begin to count as Iowa caucus-goers head to sites across the state to begin the Iowa Caucus.
On the Republican side, it's still a free for all with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio up front. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a head-to-head battle that few saw coming just a few months ago. While most still predict Clinton to prevail in the end, her air of inevitability is gone for certain.
It's the granddaddy of all elections as every decision a campaign makes is analyzed, over-analyzed, and put in perspective.
Just when it seemed like everything was settling in, Donald Trump unleashed the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, on the masses. Palin, still wildly popular among many in the Republican Party, endorsed Trump. Speaking of formerly relevant political figures, shock radio host Glenn Beck came out and endorsed Ted Cruz. The Des Moines Register endorsed Marco Rubio. It's wild on the right.
On the other side of the aisle, the Register endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Clinton has been rolling in the endorsement. Many young people are "Feeling the Bern" right now with Senator Sanders. At risk is early momentum and perhaps showing that one's campaign remains viable.
So, the political circus in 2016 is set to begin for real. Each Monday, I'll take a moment to try to digest the Presidential race and express my opinions. I'm ready if you are!
On tonight's JohnnyStir Show at 8:00 p.m. on IndianaTalks.com, my good friends Chris Jackson, Paul Ogden, Gary Snyder, and Steve Terrell do our best to make sense of the polls and the hype heading in to this big week. Tune in.