Where in the hell am I?

March 5, 2008

Caucusing

Filed under: Austin, caucus, election, primary, Texas — John @ 2:35 am

I just got back from the sign-in for the precinct caucus. I knew it would take a while and there’d be a lot of people there, since this is Austin and it’s the first time we’ve mattered in a while on a national level. Still, I’ve never seen that many people standing around in one place that didn’t involve live music or free beer. It was like a practice run for next week (SXSW). I’d say there were 400-500 people there for the Democratic caucus. I didn’t even know there were that many Democrats in my neighborhood. Up until the last 3-4 days, all you saw was R– P— signs (then again, I was also out of town for most of early voting).
People were, for the most part, pretty patient. I guess we’ve waited 7 years, we can wait another 90 minutes. I imagine the actual caucusing will start around 9pm. I’d say Obama is getting at least 2/3 of the delegates from my precinct. It was a real mix of young and old, all ethnicities, aging hippies, punks and cool kids, mainstream mommies. Hillary definitely was winning the hottie vote.
All in all, I was glad to be a part of it, since I doubt it will ever happen again. I’m still a little surprised that I actually got involved in one of the major party’s political process. Wonder what it feels like to actually vote for a winner?

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