But not in every way.
I just sat through another Minnesota DFL caucus. This consisted of three parts:
- Presidential preference. Our candidate received 210 ballots, Hillary Clinton 88, Dennis Kucinich 1.
- Selection of delegates for the next stage in the caucus system on Saturday March 8th, where the real decisions are made. Delegates need to be able to take a Saturday off.
- Resolutions. Before these were presented our caucus leader passed a resolution that "all DFL resolutions" would be passed unanimously. I confess I didn't quite grasp what this meant, I thought it referred to some sort of official party process. Turns out it applied to anything anyone resolved during the caucus.
Has any state ever escaped the trap of a caucus system? If any have, how did they do it?
Ah well, the key lessons for future caucus activity are that there are two times to leave:
- After the presidential preference ballot, which runs from 7pm to 8pm.
- If you want to be a delegate, after the sign up.
I really need to remember this for next time ...
Update 2/14/08: Caucuses are stupid everywhere. We just need to get rid of them.