The Democratic caucus

It takes some digging and searching to find anything about the Democratic caucus in Iowa last night. And yes, they held one. Essentially a pep rally for Obama, though caucuses also determine the party’s platform for the next election. 25,000 showed up for the Democratic caucus when really nothing of substance was to be decided. (Discussing the party platform is nice to get your views out, and doesn’t really affect anything. Would that it did.) That is impressive, though about 50,000 came out for the 1996 caucuses to show support for President Clinton. Part of the reason for the lower turnout this time was that the Dems in Iowa consolidated many of the caucus sites, so people had farther to go and maybe many didn’t bother. They did get 7,500 people to volunteer to work for Obama this year. The Republicans in total had just over 122,000 at their caucuses. I think the previous record was four years ago when they had 119,000, so this time it was essentially the same. Romney and Santorum tied at the top with around 30,000 votes, or 0.0001 % of the American people. And yet those few people were enough to send a good half of the field packing. Who says the Iowa caucuses don’t matter? Sure, they aren’t representative of the whole country, and they still obviously have consequences. The point isn’t that they don’t have a great track record in picking the eventual winner, the point is they start the process and they do winnow the field. And it does give one hope that even the most conservative of Iowans in the end realized that Michele Bachmann was a joke of a candidate.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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