Iowa is known for few things; hogs, corn, occasionally ethanol, and then once every four years; The Caucus!
When I lived in California, if you don’t go to Disneyland at least once, or even once every four years, well, yes it's unthinkable.
When I live in Iowa I Caucus. I have met folks here who have never caucused. I have met folks who aren’t even the slight bit curious to take part in what the rest of the nation knows about Iowa.
And recently I have met folks who can’t caucus when and if they wanted to.
You have to realize, that causing isn’t like voting. Sure, you are choosing a candidate. But caucusing is interactive. You enter the precinct (where you recognize your neighbors) and then the fun begins. For some Iowans. The fun is that you get into the group of your choice of candidate. Then if it’s not enough for a majority win, then you get wooed into the major candidates whereby you play the game so as to make certain that certain candidates not win. In other words, the game takes longer than mere voting.
Did I mention that some Iowans can’t caucus?
If you know anybody working second shift, (I have), and you have had animated discussion with them about the state of the union, (I have), and then you realize that OMG, they can’t caucus (I have) and then you share the thought with candidates (I have) and legislators (Jeff D wrote back) and the Governor (yes he wrote back too) and then you wonder what if? What if Gov. Culver were brave enough to do what no Iowan has done, go where no Iowan has gone, and dare, yes dare, to give Iowa a once every four year Caucus Holiday….Wouldn’t that prove that Iowans think caucusing is as important as the news says it is?
DO you dare call or write our Governor about this; do you, do you? His office number is: 515.281.5211
Because bottom line, we aren’t famous for much, but in the little slice of life when the world stops to take notice of Iowa, and we aren’t even on board, and some of us can’t even be on board….well, what does that say about us….Think about it.