Posted by: jt | February 6, 2008

my own, my precious, my minnesota politics

Anybody else up all night watching the California returns? Good lord, I can barely keep my eyes open today. Fear not – we can catch up on the number of delegates. Oh yes we can.

I caucused vicariously last night, which is to say, from a thousand miles away, I squealed in delight when the Minnesota returns finally came in. Sorry, neighbors, it was just unbelievably good news. Obama beat Clinton by a 2 to 1 margin and Romney beat McCain by 20%. Let me say that again, Romney beat McCain by 20% in Minnesota. But the reasons why this is the best news of the night are a story for another day.

For those who are unfamiliar with the caucusing process, essentially, you pick your party, sit in a crowded, airless room and choose people to vote on your behalf at the convention. You don’t actually vote for a candidate. It’s screwy and I hate caucuses, but I will say that people always come away from them energized. Wouldn’t be nice to vote though? Y’know, for a candidate?

In addition to anointing your very own fellowship of delegates to venture forth to Mordor the convention, you can also pass resolutions that you want your chosen party to adopt. The party, of course, has no obligation to take any of them on, but they go on record as having been passed in the caucuses.

We hear you. We just don’t care.

My parents caucused in two different rooms last night. See if you can tell which party proposed which resolutions:

  • Ban the growing of genetically tampered wild rice in Minnesota.
  • Rather than take away a driver’s license after a DUI, issue a license/ID that forbids purchasing alcohol.
  • Support a pending state bill for health care for all.
  • Support free tuition for Native Americans at state schools.
  • Require caucusing to be taught in high school civics classes.


  • Support a hotline for reporting illegal aliens.
  • Require a full size picture for driver’s license photos.
  • Get the U.S. out of the United Nations.


That, my friends, is politics in Minnesota. And in my family.


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