Antiquated! Expensive! Irrational! And more!
Caucus may come from an Algonquin word meaning “gathering of tribal chiefs.”
Critics of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses complain the state wields undue influence—too rural, too white, too smart to be representative in the selection process.
The system dates to 1846 when Iowa joined the Union, and first gained national attention in 1972, the year state leaders moved the caucuses to January.
Registered Republicans and Democrats attend their caucuses and select delegates who will go to county conventions. Delegates to county conventions elect delegates to the congressional district state convention, and those delegates choose the delegates to the national convention. Republicans mostly just show up and vote by secret ballot. The Democrats’ mechanics, on the other hand, are not for the mathematically challenged.
A bishop, not in Iowa, wrote to the faithful: “I don’t really expect the change of the presidency (or the few congressional changes that may happen) to make much difference.”
Please, sir, look at the lives, liberties, and friends lost, the opportunities for good (and recovery) squandered.
And tell me again how little difference it makes.
People of Iowa! Walk, ride, trudge, or shovel your ways to the caucuses. Do your work.
And do it well! A lot is at stake.