Parsing Through Fact and Fiction in The Buildup to Iowa

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Less than a week away from the Iowa caucuses, which will be held this upcoming Monday, the country may finally get some answers.

In the Hawkeye State, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), backed by the 60s tunes of Simon & Garfunkel, is polling dead even with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, on the right, The National Review—a bastion of establishment conservatism—devoted an entire issue called simply "Against Trump" to bring down a surging Donald Trump, writing that his rise is "the full flower of post-literate politics."

But the latest poll from Quinnipiac University declares that the Iowa Republican Caucus is a "two man race," with Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz in a near statistical tie. 

Can the excitement around Sanders sustain? Will a GOP drive to avoid Cruz inflate Trump? And will Trump even show up to Thursday’s debate?

For answers, we turn to Anna Greenberg, a democratic strategist and senior vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, and Brad Blakeman, a member of George W. Bush's senior White House staff and now a professor at Georgetown University.