Iowa Caucuses- Not a Mountain Range in Russia
Today marks the last day of break, which is ok because then we only have a short week to contend with. It makes going back a tad easier. It is frigidly cold here, that is, if you call a high of 12 degrees Fahrenheit frigidly cold. Which I do. It's supposed to be a balmy 46 this weekend, melting much of our snow. I prefer the snow, as it cleans everything up.
You may have been hearing a bit about the Iowa caucuses which are tomorrow. Trust me, those of us living here have heard more. Can you believe the candidates are still out there, making appearances? I could have seen Obama this morning, Biden will be here tomorrow at 1:30. We got calls all day long- recorded messages, volunteers, surveys. Our mailboxes have been inundated with slick flyers for both Republican and Democratic candidates. Mr. T and I plan on attending- Mr. T is a Precinct captain for John Edwards, so his role in it is a bit more important than mine, which is to show up and profess my support for Obama. It's all quite interesting. You have to declare a party- you can do so at the caucus, and you can change your party as well. I guess the caucus sites used to be in people's basements. They are now mostly in schools. You are then assigned a room where your precinct is meeting. I'm not sure how the Republicans do it, because there's is a slightly different process than the Democrats. The Dems start out by counting the total number of people present. Then everyone declares the candidate they are supporting. There has to be 15% representation in order for a candidate to be considered viable. So, if someone is for Kucinich, who probably won't be viable in our precint, then there is the opportunity for others to try and sway that person over to a different candidate's side. Then there is more counting. Then reporting. Then everyone shivers back into their cold cars and goes home and watches the results on C-Span. At least that's what we'll do, anyway.