Wow – what a night!
Being our first Caucus, we had no idea what to expect. Apparently this year there were more folks showing up to Caucus than there’d been – well – ever in some precincts. We heard folks saying they hadn’t seen a turnout like this since the 70’s, but I haven’t seen any hard data on numbers.
It was CROWDED, though.
It was interesting, it was a chance to see democracy in action (resolutions posted, seconded and voted on) but it was quite a bore for the kids. Both brought books, but Max was more than ready to go. Hannah loved being in what will be her new Jr. High – it was a thrill for her.
Oddly, we didn’t get to caucus for our senate picks – delegates just signed up and they’ll vote for that in March. I still feel rather confused about that – how do I make my own voice heard? I would have preferred a straight up and down vote, to be honest.
It also felt odd to be voting – caucusing – with such a large group of only Democrats. Back in NJ the polling place is where EVERYONE votes, regardless of their affiliation, not that there’s a lot of chatting about who one is voting for going on…
The group was a bit in awe of itself. We each felt so powerful, and at the same time we were each such a tiny part of a bigger thing.
After we’d heard the results of our own precinct (Richardson – 1, Kucinich – 2, Edwards – 3, Clinton – 86, Obama – 249) Gerry, the kids and I drove around until we found a place where Gerry could get a piece of birthday cake and some Irish coffee (it was all he really wanted – and Fabulous Faye’s delivered!) and we all had a had drink and a dessert.
Waking up this morning was HARD!