Archive for Friday, February 8, 2008

Inspiring events

This week’s political caucuses may not run like clockwork, but they are an important cog in our democratic system.

February 8, 2008


Thousands of local residents wanting to take part in the selection of a presidential nominee was both good news and bad news for the Democratic Party Tuesday night.

Although organizers made late attempts to find venues large enough to accommodate the crowds, even they were surprised at the numbers. Caucus-goers had to split off to a second location at one site or be counted and leave another site to make room for other participants. Some people were unable to make it to their caucus because of parking problems or traffic jams.

There were frustrations, but it nonetheless was inspiring to see so many people wanting to participate in this grassroots political effort. People waited in lines. Some young people stuck in traffic reportedly abandoned their cars as far away as Barker Avenue and jogged to the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds to be counted.

There were glitches, but Democratic leaders did the best they could to hold fair and orderly caucuses. They no doubt learned valuable lessons they will be able to put to use if future caucuses draw similar crowds.

Republicans will have their turn at 10 a.m. Saturday at South Junior High School. Their process, not surprisingly, is a little different than the Democrats' but it would be great if they also found themselves dealing with a larger-than-expected crowd.


reed 10 years, 3 months ago

Although I was happy with the large turnout I thought the Democratic caucus was a disaster, too many elderly people and children forced to wait out in the cold just to get in. Once inside the numbers were so large that the caucus could not be run according to the rules. It turned into more of a primary, the votes tallied on a yellow legal pad. Surely the Democratic Party in Kansas can do better. Apologies are not enough.

Alice Lieberman 10 years, 3 months ago

I would have to disagree with Reed. Democrats do not owe him, or anyone else an apology. First of all, people with disabilities, or the elderly were admitted through a separate door. Second, caucus rules absolutely were followed (there is a reason why he never notes which rules were abridged or ignored). Third, the tallies were kept on a laptop, which automatically calculated how many people in the Edwards, Kucinich, and Undecided camps needed to redistribute, and where, before another delegate could be awarded to the Obama or Clinton camps. The circumstances--bad weather and an unpredictably large crowd--were unfortunate, if one was looking for a lot of structure, but no one needs to apologize.

I was frozen by the time I got inside, but thrilled about being a part of something so cool. So were most of the people I talked to.

1029 10 years, 3 months ago

Reed does not know what he/she is talking about. It sounds like someone had a really bad day, and to make himself/herself feel better about it, that person tried to justify the cause of his/her misfortune. However, for some unknown psychological reason, Reed has chosen to blatantly lie about what transpired at the caucus. Thank You, alicel, for pointing out how severely flawed Reed's comment is. I don't think Reed had ever been to a caucus or a primary before.

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