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Caucusing

Lisa and I voted in Saturday's Democratic Caucus here in Washington -- like many of the other attendees, it was our first time doing this. On the way to the church where the caucus was being held, we saw a seaplane towing a Ron Paul banner, which made me laugh.

At the door to the church we were met by a trio of Clinton campaigners who asked if we'd "like some information about Hillary"; inside, the walls were plastered with Clinton posters, and most of the Democratic party officials were wearing Clinton buttons. All of this had Lisa and I wondering if the fix was in.

Apparently not. It's just that most of the Obama supporters, not being part of the Democratic machine, hadn't bothered to bring buttons. But they did bring numbers. The place was standing room only by the time the first tally was announced. My precinct voted 59-35 in favor of Obama, and that was relatively close -- in the precinct voting at the table next to us, the count was 60 for Obama, 15 for Clinton, 3 undecided, and 1 for Edwards.

I'd like to say the experience left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling about democracy, and it did, but the chaos and inefficiency with which the caucus was conducted also reminded me how corrupt party politics can be -- and the Washington Democrats are pussycats compared to the folks back East.

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zanzjan
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Huh. Around here (here being Massachusetts) there's a perimeter (I think 100 yds?) around the entrance to the polling place that sign-carriers and people distributing campaign literature are not allowed to cross -- you're not even supposed to wear buttons or other candidate- or issue-specific items across that line.

I'd always figured that was some sort of federal law, but I guess not.
scarlettina
Feb. 11th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
All the button-wearing Obama people were at my caucus at the McClure school.
Ted Chiang [myopenid.com]
Feb. 11th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds very similar to my experience on Saturday. My precinct started out 51-30 for Obama with 4 undecided; by the end it was 55-29 for Obama.
citycrystal
Feb. 12th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
i also wonder if they're doing it to appease us.

with such a great machine, "if you do it right, it'll seem like you did nothing at all".

<-- paranoid
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