Monday, February 3, 2020

Caucus? Sounds Raucous!

It's not very often that I cast my eyes Iowards... Iowa is one of the few states I've never been, the sort of state that Wisconsin friends would dismiss as 'Idiots Out Wandering Around'. It's not a very diverse place, and it's the sort of place that sends a creep like Steve King to DC... and this is why I wonder why the rest of us tolerate its outsized importance in our political processes.

That being said, the Iowa Caucuses actually sound like they'd be fun, once. Generally, I don't have the time to devote to a drawn-out process like a caucus- while I enjoy seeing my neighbors, I like being able to get to the polls, vote, and get out in ten minutes. When I meet with neighbors, booze is typically involved... that's the sort of neighborhood in which I reside. The caucus seems byzantine, the sort of cryptic contest in which a coin toss can place someone with no national appeal into the spotlight for a brief moment before the more representative states catch up.

For the record, I will be voting for Elizabeth Warren in the primary. She's smart and organized, able to bring twenty-something rentboys to their knees, and would make a good counterpoint to the abysmally stupid current occupant of the White House. I have a weird feeling that a centrist candidate such as Biden (or, indeed, Klobuchar) will win Iowa, but suspect that this will be just a blip. Maybe one countrywide primary election is the solution to the issue of Iowa, and the similarly not-so-diverse New Hampshire, playing a disproportionate role in national politics. The caucus may be a quaint historical artifact, but quaintness isn't exactly benefiting the country.

1 comment:

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

UGH, what a screwup! This caucus nonsense has got to go.