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My First Caucus


I will always associate my interest in this year's election with bitterly cold weather. The Obama rally in Kansas City came along with biting wind and last night's caucus ended in freezing rain. But still, something inside me said I should brave the cold and trade in the precious independent status I've held for so many years. So last night, I became a registered Democrat. Ralph Nader would be very disappointed in me. Quite honestly, it wasn't the party that drew me in but the candidate. There is something about Barack Obama's message that makes me want to give the guy a chance to stir up the pot out there in Washington. Apparently, a lot of people in the state of Kansas felt the same way. (Except my three year old, of course, who made sure everyone around him know that he "is for John McCain").The turn out was overwhelming. I don't think I've ever supported a popular candidate before, so it was fun to be with the majority. Although, I do think we had the best seats in the house.We sat on the edge of the Obamicans and adjacent to some friendly Edwards supporters. A few rows up were the enthusiastic Kucinich fans and a pair of even more boisterous college kids with a handwritten Mike Gravel sign. And let me tell you, young children do not see much difference in these divisions. So, while we were waiting for the rest of the voters to assemble, my restless toddler took me on a tour of all of the factions in our vicinity.The Kucinich group pimped their message of "Kucinich today, Obama in November" with great style. A Washburn student spoke eloquently about wanting one delegate to send a message to the country about needing a progressive voice in the Democratic party. And it worked. This small group tripled in size when it came time for the second vote. But, alas, even this wasn't enough for a delegate and they dispersed mostly to the Obama camp. Maybe 30 minutes later, we all dispersed back into the cold. A few cups of hot chocolate later, I saw the Kansas caucus results tallied on CNN. It is hard to put into words just how rewarding it felt to be one of the numbers reported. I would tell you I might have teared up, but I am afraid of a Hillary Clinton backlash so I'll leave that to your imagination. All in all, the caucus was a cool expierience, but next year, I am hoping for a primary. Either that or find some Republican friends to babysit.That was my caucus experience. How was yours?


antney 10 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Marlo for your blog.

I was looking forward to seeing your post since I was not able to attend myself. It was good to know kids were allowed into the caucus site.

I'm very glad Sen. Obama won convincingly in Kansas.

HoosierPride 10 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for your behind the scenes account of the Caucus. My wife attended and she described it pretty much the way you did. She was also very impressed with the Kucinich speaker.

Marlo Angell 10 years, 4 months ago

Yay, Ginny! I'm thrilled you made the leap, so to speak!

lslavin 10 years, 4 months ago

My family and I stood in a soggy cold line and then went in to the hot crowded rooms of the Nat Armoury to be head counted for Obama. It was ill planned but the people were marvalous. Everyone did their best to "make the best of it". I'm so proud that so many people came to show support and participate. I feel awful for those of you who tried hard to caucus and were turned away. But, lets hope that the caucus organizers learned from this and next time will have much better facilities. I hope that more facilities are made open, with much longer time frames (say all day!) I hope that we make use of our large buildings like the Lied Center that are actually designed to hold thousands of people at one time. Lets be thankful that most got out and about and safely home, and a huge Thanks! for all of you who TRIED TO CAUCUS! go Obama!

kansascrone 10 years, 4 months ago

marlo - you will be happy to know that in the end, i caucused for obama

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