Good god, what kind of sadistic weirdo thought up the caucus system?
Tigger and I set out from our house ready to do some democracy. We had to walk past the GOP caucus being held at the church on the corner. We didn’t make rude gestures or anything, I swear.
When we arrived at the school that hosted the Democratic caucus, we walked into a chaotic mob scene. We eventually located the room assigned for our precinct and said hello to several neighbors. It turned out we were supposed to be in the gym but we got aced out by a previously scheduled sporting event. So one poor schmuck was responsible for shepherding half a dozen precincts through the caucus process, and instead of all being in the gym, they were all in separate classrooms. He ran around delivering the same speech over and over.
A lot of tedious explanation about how caucuses are done followed, interspersed by long periods of waiting. A tally of the sign in sheet was done, and the majority (by a lot) of attendees had written down Obama. Then we were given leave to talk to each other and try to sway our neighbors to change their initial vote.
I didn’t figure I was going to sway anybody, and Tigger was bored to tears, so we left.
WHY do they do it that way? The caucus is very exclusionary… you have to show up at one time. If you have to work that day, you have no voice. If you have kids who won’t tolerate being dragged through a hideous crowd where a bunch of grown-ups are making self-important noises, you have no voice. Why can’t we just go to the polls—open all day long—and freaking vote?
Oddly, Washington does have a primary. It will be on Feb. 19. But it doesn’t count. The delegates are awarded by the caucus results. So why are we having a primary in ten days? Nobody knows.
And yes, Hare Oprabama Krishna won the day. But even if my candidate had prevailed, I would have to give the caucus a thumbs down.