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I’m watching the coverage of tonight’s Iowa Caucuses, and I am being reminded why I watch less and less cable news. Flipping between CNN and Fox News, I’m presented with breathless reports by people in rooms with lots of other people, marveling at the groupings of said people.
At Democrat caucus sites, I’ve heard reporters utter the phrase “this in democracy in action” many times, and the night is still young. Then, the camera pans over to four people while the reporter exclaims “These four people came over from the other camp!!!” You see, this is democracy in action, they keep telling me.
Sorry, no, I don’t see this is as democracy in action. These are people who should have already made up their minds, and shouldn’t have needed to be convinced by the Coralville #FeelTheBern Club. I don’t like how Democrats caucus in Iowa. When Republicans caucus, they write their candidate’s name down in secret, submit it, and then tally all the votes. That’s how we all vote for President, that’s how everyone should caucus in Iowa.
But, if I had my way, there would be no caucuses at all. Our country’s primary/caucus election system is too disjointed, with 50 states full of rules and procedures. We desperately need a uniform system of voting for the two (don’t even think about it, Mike Bloomberg) candidates who will eventually fight for the White House.