Is anything worse than the expectations game? No. Here's Jake Tapper on one bogus effort by Team Clinton to lower expectations for Iowa. And here's Marc Ambinder on another bogus effort by Team Clinton to lower expectations for Iowa. If she loses in Iowa, she's obviously got the money, infrastructure, and name recognition to keep campaigning -- as she should. But by the same token, if she loses in Iowa it's a real loss. She started out in Iowa with all the same advantages she has everywhere else, and if prolonged exposure to actual campaigning against actual alternatives causes Iowans to pick someone else, that's a real defeat.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.