The Nebraska Democratic Party has made itself irrelevant. They have a Senator from their party who is the poorest Democrat in the body. One of the two leading candidates for the other Senate seat was a Republican a month ago. And they have yet to put up any candidates for any of the three House races.
So this caucus gimmick is their best idea to make them “relevant” on the national scene.
But let’s get this out of the way: We’re not big fans of the whole “caucus” concept.
First off, it’s an Iowa thing. Nearly everyone else in the country is fine with going and punching a ballot — like we do when we elect Presidents and Senators and city-councilmen. But for some reason, Iowa went and threw this goofy concept in.
And you know what? They can have it. They’ve got six on six girls’ basketball, college wrestling and covered bridges. Let’s let Iowa keep ‘em.
What about my secret ballot? P’shaw! Secret-schmecret.
And what’s this about campaigning in the auditorium? Here’s this line from the caucus instructions manual:
“Candidate support groups will select a spokesman who will state the case for their candidate.”
You know what? If this person’s sales pitch actually convinces you to switch after the past 12 months of campaigning by the candidates, your privilege to vote should be taken away.
And suppose you’re there and a girl you like is a big Hillary person. You’re an Obama guy. But you really want to ask out this girl, so, because of that, you go to her side. Now you’ve potentially altered the Presidential election because of a date. How Clintonian.
Unlike the Iowa Dems, the Nebraska Dems have added a wrinkle so you can vote by absentee ballot. Except that if your candidate doesn’t get 15% you don’t get to participate any more and your ballot will essentially be thrown away. But thanks for the letter.
Of course, part of this ploy is to get Hillary and Obama and Edwards to come in, talk about cows and ethanol and make some Nebraska football reference. But will any of the candidates show up? They’ve only got four days after Super Tuesday.
And did you know that the Washington-state caucuses and Louisiana primary are on February 9th as well? Where will Barack and Hillary look more like leaders of the people?
Touring post-Katrina New Orleans?
Speaking in front of Seattle’s space needle?
Or talking sorghum prices in the middle of Carhenge?
With the lousy support Bubba got in Nebraska and Ben Nelson’s endorsement of Obama, will Hillary bother to show up at all? Will she just give it to Obama? What was the point then?
All this does is emphasize the need for a federal commission to figure out a normal primary system, instead of the moronic free-for-all going on now. In the mean time, it looks like Nebraska Dems got their wish that someone will pay attention to their Presidential preference.
It’s just too bad they chose a girls’ six on six basketball game to be their method.