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Where I wasn't

I've yet to be home for a caucus. I've been in school every January since I became eligible to vote. This weekend, I briefly thought of flying home, but then realized that every plane in and out of Des Moines was probably booked solid with media and get-out-the-voters. And likely it was. A Sunday night part at the Art Center for visiting media was apparently very well attended. The BBC had three reporters there, some of whose coverage I've been following online.

My parents said that that four years ago, perhaps 200 showed up for our precinct caucus - this time it was more like 350 and the auditorium at my junior high school was too small for everyone. In our precint, Edwards placed first - he was supported by the Des Moines Register, which may have helped give him an extra edge in some parts of the state at the last minute. Kerry came a somewhat close second (and seems to have the majority statewide), while Dean came a more distant third. Statewide, it looks like many more people participated in the primaries than usual.

I love these weeks, where briefly, reporters from around the world throng to my home state and broadcast its minutia - and larger issues - across the globe. It makes front page headlines here in Canada; it makes BBC headlines. And there's an outside chance that Iowa caucus related news might continue in the theater pages this summer. The Register reports that in the past few weeks, a San Diego playwright who went to college in iowa was written a musical: Caucus! I love the concept (politics ought to be social - and when you have people being social, they can sing ensemble numbers together), and it fits right in with an erratic tradition of musicals set in Iowa. There's talk of perhaps staging the play during the Democratic National Convention in Boston this summer.

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forthright
Jan. 20th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC)
The Iowa caucus
I freely admit that the Iowa caucus is the one time every four years I and most other Canadians hear anything about Iowa, although probably only a small minority interested in American politics (including me) pay close attention. It would be interesting to know whether the fact that such an important process takes place there makes Iowans more political than people from other states. (It would also be interesting to know if there is any candidate who appeals to you more than the others, but you certainly don't have to answer that if you don't want!)
owlfish
Jan. 23rd, 2004 01:16 am (UTC)
Re: The Iowa caucus
I'm waiting to properly reply to your comment until I've researched the candidates. Embarassingly, I've not yet read up on the views and opinions the Democratic options are currently presenting.

I don't know if Iowans are more political than people from other states since the only other state I've lived in was the very liberal and outspoken states of Massachusetts, which certainly isn't typical either.
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