Saturday, February 09, 2008

"Caucus, Caucus, Caucus!"

I caucused this morning, and I'm completely unsatisfied with the experience. My ballot allowed me to choose between Rudy Giuliani, Alan Keyes, Ron Paul, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and undecided. However, only Paul, McCain, and Huckabee had people there to speak for them. Going through the sign-in line took so long that I didn't get into the assembly area until the speakers had started, so I couldn't ask around and find out if I could speak for Romney.

I entered the hall as the McCain spokesman said, "And he said to me, 'Son, being beaten and kept in a tiger cage is a hard week. This is just a week we'll work through.'" Honestly, that's what he said. McCain and his tiger cage are quickly becoming the new Giuliani and 9/11. "Hey, Senator McCain, do you prefer the Big Mac or the Whopper?" "I was in a tiger cage!" "Uh, that's not what I asked." "Don't you dare contradict me! Tiger cage!"

Then the Ron Paul guy got up and gave a rousing speech that ended with a call for trade protectionism. Seriously. I'm surprised Paul doesn't want to drive the newfangled automobile manufacturers out of business to protect the vital buggy whip industry.

Last came the speakers for Mike Huckabee. One of the speakers said Huckabee runs an honest and principled campaign. I laughed. I was the only one who laughed. The rest of them thought he was telling the truth.

Then it was time to vote. That was it. It wasn't at all like a caucus as had been explained to me by Wikipedia and people from Iowa. They handed out ballots and I voted for Romney, then I left.

This afternoon Fox News is reporting that Huckabee won a huge victory in Kansas. Which just pisses me off even more that Romney dropped out. Super Tuesday's results were not decisive. McCain won a lot of states, but never with a convincing majority. There was no reason for Romney to drop out. McCain didn't roll to victory; Huckabee got three times the votes McCain got.

So maybe we'll still end up with a brokered convention if McCain can't win conservative states.

Title from the teachers' caucus in the episode "The PTA Disbands" of "The Simpsons."


JT said...

Until you block me, I am going to keep leaving comments. ;)

I have been thinking that the best possible outcome in the presidential race would be Huckabee's nomination. (Assuming that the dem nod goes to Obama.) I have never been one for the assumption of concave preferences, rather, if I have to choose, I want to make sure that it is between the opposite ends of the spectrum. When Obama gets elected, people can feel good about electing the first African-American. No one would elect Huckabee and I really don't want McCain, so I don't care who wins as long as we can feel good about doing something different than electing the white man. He always keeps you down.

The Man Your Husband Is Worried About said...

I'm surprised that a lot of people I'm talking to are swinging from Romney support to Obama support. I am, for the same reasons you say: the election of 2012 will be a much clearer choice if the Democrats are running a liberal incumbent and the Republicans are running a conservative (assuming the liberal wing of the party is discredited by a Huckabee or McCain defeat).