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Posted on 01/02/2012 5:13:23 PM PST by US Navy Vet
I'm the guy in the BRIGHT Orange coat(boy do I look STUPID)!
Nice! You are officially famous now, haha.
On another note, I have a question about caucuses. I did not want to start a vanity, so I’ll try asking here...
I have tried reading through a description online, but I have a hard time understanding exactly how they (caucuses/caucui/whatever) work. Could you (or anyone) please explain, or link to an explanation, of how exactly it is that they work. If it just like an exclusive club voting or what? I know it differs from a ballot box election, but I’ve never been able to participate in one.
You look bigger on TV.
Well done US Navy Vet!
Oh, so that’s what a freeper looks like. Never saw one before. Hum.
Wahoo, freeper on the news. You did great!
Any registered voter can participate in a caucus. A voter attends the caucus for their district/township. Each voter is given one ballot, and the ballots are then collected at a certain point in the caucus. Ballots are counted and reported to the State Party. It’s a non-binding count of who people are leaning towards for President. Other party business is also conducted at the caucus, such as nominating delegates, party committee chairmen, etc.
Say hi to my Mom and brother if you ever run into them.
At least you’re not in an orange jump suit.
You don't look stupid.. a little tranny maybe, but not stupid.
You won’t be mistaken for a deer.
Ah, thank you very much. Another question, if I may:
“Each voter is given one ballot, and the ballots are then collected at a certain point in the caucus.”
Is this why the angry, rowdy supporters do well in caucuses? Is it because they try and drive out everyone else out before the ballots are passed out, until only they remain?
The bright orange coat was a good choice. No one will notice your red neck next to it...
I don’t personally know anyone from Iowa and I would like to ask for your vote for Newt Gingrich, it’s important, Newt and I as well as our grandchildren would appreciate it.
Now that is cool...should have gave a shout out to FR...lol.
Its basically a group discussion...one group per candidate. each group nominates a spokesperson and that spokesperson tries to convince members of opposing groups to change groups. This is how I remember it anyway.
You don’t look stupid at all. In fact, you look very confident sitting there... Good for you. You’ve done us proud!
That is hysterical!!
You don’t have a mirror? That’s horrible, we should all take up a collection for you!
Loaded for bear?
...and... they don’t even know... they Freep.... ;)
***So how do you rig the votes?*** /s
I heard that if Obama is re-elected they are going to
change the name to Obamaha...
That link doesn’t quite fit with what I remember. I have never voted in a democrat caucus. But I’m sure I remember dividing up into groups and electing a spokesperson. I remember one guy in my group said “I’ve done this before and it usually works best if a preacher or minister is our spokesperson. Who here is a preacher?”.
You don’t look stupid — you look like a corn-fed Iowan. And like a guy anyone would like to have a beer with.
Heh...I always knew you were an attention whore. :)
Pretty cool, Navy Vet!
Can I have your autograph?
I’ll have you know,I interrupted watching “Rockford Files” to watch that clip.Thanks for being out there.
You look like a douche. J/k... congrats..
OK, as a man-on-the-ground in Iowa it’s YOUR TURN now: prediciton??
TV adds ten pounds and you look attentive not stupid.
These are precinct caucuses.
The meeting starts with a temporary chairman, selected before the meeting by the state party. Usually someone who served previously as one of the two precinct chairmen.
The first order of business is to elect two precinct chairman to two year terms. In addition to running the party organization in the precinct for that time, they also serve on the county party committee.
Once that is done they debate and vote on platform planks.
Then they elect delegates to the county convention, some of whom will be elected at the county level to go on as delegates to the congressional district caucus and the state convention. The number to be chosen is set beforehand by the party.
Which leaves the part of the meeting most folks know about, which is nominations for president. Representatives for each candidate speak to the group about their choice, and then a straw vote is taken. This is a non-binding vote which in fact determines nothing except who gets the good PR heading into New Hampshire. The totals are reported via phone to the state party, who then is supposed to tell the breathlessly waiting world the outcome.
At least that’s how it always used to work back in the days when I served as a precinct chairman, a delegate to all the conventions, and a member of the state central committee.
One last note: the state party did NOT report all of the votes for president in 2008. Alan Keyes was blackballed, and though he received votes all over the state in spite of that, they made no provision for his votes to be reported or tallied.
I hope that helps you understand the process better.
Not stupid at all.
THanks for taking the time to become personally involved in the election process. We shoud all follow your example. Well done.
Well met. Happy New Year!
Hey Navy Vet, are you the same guy that commented on the World-Herald web site that state troopers should be able to have neck tattoos?
Excellent! You look fine on TV - thanks for your participation.
(Don’t let the dems vote.)
Thank you for taking the time to respond with your personal experiences. I don’t live in a caucus state, but I have been curious about what goes on. I may never get to participate in one, but it’s good to understand the circumstances, especially when our future (at least of our republic) seems to virtually hang in the balance. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
Too many “undecideds” to make ANY accurate prediction.
Nope wasn’t me.
Yes, absolutely that helps, thank you very much. I still have some trouble envisioning how exactly it goes on (such as exactly how the delegates work witha non binding vote), but I have a much better understanding. So I’m curious, what advantage is there, if any, over the normal ballot casting primaries. I know that may not be a question you can necessarily answer, I’m just wondering why do all of that complicated stuff and not simply vote with a ballot. When you were precint chairman, did you see any advantage to it? I can already see some disadvantages, as you mentioned what happened to Keyes, I’m just curious. Thanks again.
Hey, the only stupid guy I saw was the one pumping gas. You looked kinda cool!
The delegates to the national convention simply ignore the expressed will of their fellow Iowa Republicans in the precinct caucus night presidential straw poll.
A caucus to convention process has advantages, if it is run fairly. The problem is with the character of the people running the show.
“The problem is with the character of the people running the show.”
That deserves a bump!