- At my precinct, if 90% of the people weren’t there for the first time I’m estimating the figure too low. (Perhaps says something about how the citizens are feeling about the country also?)
- Having this sort of open debate with people is amazing.
- Caucusing allows a person to get involved as much or as little as they wish in the political process. You can not vote, or just vote, or sign up to volunteer and vote and you can even be a delegate for your candidate at the county and state parties. (I’m signed up as a delegate alternate)
- Contrary to popular opinion, most people who don’t have a viable candidate (viable meaning at least 15% of the people at this precinct support them) have a 2nd in mind, so you can’t sway them to your side. But there are a few stragglers who you can joustle with, and the debate is great.
Personally, I supported Edwards because I felt like he was the most genuine person, the most intelligent, the most flexible and the most passionate. What he did to respond to crisis in Pakistan this week was a great example of how he would respond to crisis as a President. Edwards and Obama have a lot of the same policy ideas (I think because Obama copied Edwards policy handbook since some of the ideas and wording match exactly, because earlier this year Obama didn’t have some of these ideas whereas Edwards published them over a year ago, and also because some of Edwards’ ideas are so innovative (and published over a year ago) I can’t see how two people can develop the same idea) so I can live with either candidate being the choice. As far as I’m concerned they are both candidates of change, and the caucus showed that almost 70% of Iowans want a change in Washington. That’s pretty darn powerful.
And, just to prove that we start ’em young here I have a picture of the campaign sign my son made for us before we went last night.