Caucus Office Politics: Annoyance or Irrelevance
To my fellow Iowans:
Thanks for letting me poke fun at our politcal process (more at the expense of the candidates than at your expense, so maybe I should be thanking them).
I'd like to encourage all of you to get out and caucus tonight. I've heard many of you complain about the incessant TV ads and the irritating phone calls over the dinner hour. Please, we deal with humidity and mosquitos during the summer months... how bad can the candidates really be?
The important issue is demonstrating to the rest of the nation that we are relevant decision-makers in this process. We get to be first. You may be thinking "big whoop" to that, but it goes beyond bragging rights. Think about the millions of dollars that are poured into our state over the past several months all because a bunch of people want to seek the presidency. This is the first time in 80 years that there has not been a sitting incumbant (President or VP) running for this office. It's a wide open field. And we have protected our "first in nation" status once again.
In office politics, the players complain a lot about little annoyances until they are gone... and they are generally replaced by even larger annoyances. The little annoyances for us are a few ads and phone calls. The larger annoyance is that nobody would pay attention to our little state if it weren't for the caucuses. We owe it to the rest of the nation to take this seriously. We owe it to ourselves to protect it.
Regardless of whom you love or hate, just get out and caucus tonight. It won't take that much of your time. I was originally planning on staying home with our children so my wife could caucus without interruption. Then we decided we'd take the kids with us. We need to set an example for them that we live in a democracy, and it's something to be proud of. We even decided to split the parties (one going Republican; the other, Democrat) and compare notes later.
Tomorrow, Iowa will be a political ghost town as all of the candidates scamper off to New Hampshire. Let's make sure that Iowa is not a political ghost town in four years.
Carpe Factum, Folks! Get out and caucus.