Tag: Caucus

Join Jim and Greg as they mostly welcome Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and promises of speech protection and dissect why so many on the left are hysterical about this news. They also sigh as Biden climate envoy John Kerry declares war on natural gas and promises it will be dead within 10 years. And they get a kick out of Utah “independent” U.S. Senate candidate Evan McMullin’s empty vow to caucus with neither Republicans nor Democrats if he is elected this year.

 

Bernie Hits Jackpot in Nevada

 

The Nevada Caucus precinct results are coming in, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win big.

“In Nevada, and in New Hampshire and in Iowa — what we showed is that our volunteers are prepared to knock on hundreds and hundreds of thousands of doors,” Sanders said at his victory speech in San Antonio. “That no campaign has a grassroots movement like we do, which is another reason why we’re going to win this election.”

Here’s where the official count stands (updated on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET, 50% of precincts in):

Lots of political oddities today as the presidential race shifts to Nevada, so settle in for your Thursday Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they get a big kick out of the large culinary workers union turning on the supposed candidate of the workers because they want to keep their health plan and Bernie Sanders wouldn’t let them do it under his plan.   They also enjoy listening to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews fret that the Democrats could nominate Sanders or Michael Bloomberg when neither of them are actually Democrats. And they cringe as reports from Nevada emerge suggesting Democrats there are technologically unprepared for next week’s caucuses. Will it be a repeat of Iowa?

Have We Seen the Last Iowa Caucus?

 

The Iowa Democratic Party is in disarray after its debacle Monday night. They had four years to prepare for their first-in-the-nation Caucuses; as the night draws to a close they have no results, no explanation for their failure, and no excuses.

The results of the Republican caucuses came in fast, showing Trump the overwhelming winner. After hours of silence, the Democrats said they are delaying any results. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” communications director Mandy McClure said. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

This, after bragging about how ready they were for this pivotal night.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America slam California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for filing 15 felony accounts against the pro-life activists who recorded Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the price of aborted baby body parts.  They also shake their heads as Pres. Trump tweets about fighting the House Freedom Caucus in 2018, most likely in response to their opposition to the GOP health care bill last week.  And they get a kick out of Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley suggesting any 5-4 Supreme Court decision with Neil Gorsuch in the majority would be illegitimate if Republicans kill the filibuster on nominees to the high court because he says Gorsuch would be an illegitimate justice.

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Minnesota recently switched from an open caucus to an open primary, which I thought was lunacy. I immediately shot off an email to my brother (who works for state government as a legislative liason) blaming him for the whole thing, and also implicating salty Hillary supporters (Bernie won big here). I got a chance to talk with […]

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is actually, really important, no matter where you live. OR—it won’t mean a damn thing, the way everyone in power has, and continues to, screw around with the process to produce THEIR desired results.  Am I right? Two thoughts going forward—no more open primaries or caucuses, AND no more early voting! Preview Open

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We had a special under-card debate for every real debate this election cycle, featuring the Candidates who simply couldn’t win, and had nothing to say, but could not bring themselves to learn this.  So, assuming Donald Trump, in the middle of the upper-card debate, deported everyone to Mexico and Ted Cruz to Canada, then revealed […]

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Vote

 

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Tonight the various contenders wishing to become president of the United States will get their first real test in the Iowa caucuses. The caucus (meaning “a gathering of Caucasians”) process involves Iowans grouping together to publicly debate which candidates have spent the most money in the state.

Following these impassioned discussions (frequently peppered with expletives like “gosh durn it!” and “hold on thar!”) the Republicans cast traditional secret ballots for their candidates, while the Democrats wave their hands in the air, shout, steal supporters from other groups, and eventually come to agreement via arm wrestling.

So, Should I Caucus?

 

635501804068694446-2016IowaCaucus-720x163The Iowa caucuses will come to their tumultuous conclusion Monday. I live in Sioux County, here in the northwest corner of the state, and from what I can tell, Cruz, Trump, and Carson are the candidates of choice here. Carson will probably do very well, as this area is both very conservative and very religious. The various precincts will have large public rooms or gyms assigned for meeting, and the Democrats will probably gather in someone’s basement. My pastor encouraged everyone this morning to participate in the caucus and make their voice heard. I do believe in fulfilling one’s civic duty, and my vote and advocacy (primarily against Trump) would have some non-zero value.

Problem is, I’m not a Republican.

I dropped out of the GOP about a decade ago, because they failed in their responsibilities too often. They simply didn’t seem to be worth supporting any longer, and the party pays only the barest lip service to my values and beliefs. To paraphrase Reagan, it’s not so much that I left the party, but they left me. I’m officially declared as “No Party” in the voter rolls. (Not that this has in the least dissuaded the GOP from sending me stacks of junk mail.)