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Caucus post 
3rd-Jan-2012 09:07 pm
Well, our caucus was boring. There were more people than I expected, and I wound up working to sign people in and register a handful of new voters. I have been drafted to attend the county convention, but may pass that job off to an alternate. Obama called in live, but I was busy sorting the sign in forms and just listened from outside the door with half an ear.

Mostly M:TNG-2 and I were disappointed no OWS people showed up.

Then I got home to find out that Santorum is in the lead on the Republican side. I can't stop laughing.

I still find it hard to believe he'll win Iowa, but I've been looking at the maps, and many of the uncounted votes are in rural counties, which are going for Santorum. He's getting more competition from Bachmann and Perry in those areas, so if he loses them it won't be because Romney beat him.

Romney is getting the urban counties, except for the university towns, which are going for Ron Paul. Gingrich has gotten two counties so far, which isn't great considering there are 99 counties in Iowa.
4th-Jan-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
...crazy, right?
4th-Jan-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
It's been crazy all along. I think it just hit surreal.
4th-Jan-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
I fell asleep when I got home and woke up to Santorum babbling about his wife and God and stuff.
4th-Jan-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
4th-Jan-2012 06:30 am (UTC)
Well, your theory that Bachmann was only in Iowa to sell books seems to have been validated. So, yay?
4th-Jan-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Did you see Gingrich? His ego, which is bigger than Iowa, has been damaged, and he's going to attack Romney and Paul out of nothing but spite. And Perry and Bachmann's people will line up behind Santorum for the short term. It's going to be a nasty few months.
4th-Jan-2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
I heard about Gingrich but didn't see him. What did he say?
4th-Jan-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
As someone described it on a morning talk show, he was like something from "Apocalypse Now," climbing out of the jungle with a knife clenched in his teeth. Santorum is a nice boy, but Paul and Romney are evil bastards who dared to say bad things about the Newt, and they must DIE.

I'm paraphrasing, but it was pretty clear.

5th-Jan-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
He's so cuddly.
4th-Jan-2012 09:05 am (UTC)
I am now amusing myself by renaming Santorum as Rick the Jacobean.
4th-Jan-2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
He is a Biblical literalist, I think, but he's Catholic, so not the KJV. He's more medieval than Jacobean, but I do like the sound of it.
4th-Jan-2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Eight votes in it.

Am I being too hopeful here in thinking it's not looking too good for the Republicans?
4th-Jan-2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Rick wants to outlaw contraception. Once the female portion of the electorate assimilates that fact, I think his support is going to drop.

But Gingrich, who is the most egotistical man in the world, has declared war against Paul and Romney, and the other crazy-eyed, stammering lunatics are dropping out, so Santorum may be able to stick around for a while, damaging Romney.

The amazing thing is that with all his money and our horrible campaign laws, Romney has still not managed to buy his way to the top.
4th-Jan-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
It IS amazing. And good.

Fortunately, he doesn't seem like someone the right can really get behind, which is good for Obama. And maybe with a second term (one that's not fraught with cigars and blue dresses and Linda fucking Tripp), he could really do something.
4th-Jan-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I think what needs to happen is a change in Congress. If the OWS people can have the kind of impact the Tea Partiers had last election cycle, maybe Obama can accomplish more.
4th-Jan-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
It's somewhat odd to be critical of Obama's accomplishments. By any measure, he's been a successful leader with a huge impact on policy:

  • DADT repeal

  • Troops out of Iraq

  • Affordable Care Act

  • Stopped defending DOMA

  • Two Supreme Court appointees

  • Emphasized clean energy

  • Created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

There are more, but those are just the first few to come to mind.

Is the economy still in the dumper? Does the financial industry still have too much power? Yes, of course, thanks in no small measure to Republican obstructionist tactics. But he's made undeniable progress.
5th-Jan-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
He's accomplished more than most people realize, but he's having a hard time helping the jobs situation.

I'll add one thing to your list. He took advantage of the lending squeeze to eliminate the student loan program that paid outsized subsidizes to the banks. Now all new student loans are issued by and held by the federal government. Companies like Sallie Mae administer the loans on behalf of the feds for a contracting fee. Which means that quite a few of the lower-level jobs still exist, but a CEO of one of those companies can no longer plan on building his own private golf course.
4th-Jan-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I have an unusual problem with your current politics - although I read Ron Paul, in my mind I always see Ru Paul...
5th-Jan-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I'd be more likely to vote for Ru Paul.
5th-Jan-2012 08:49 am (UTC)
Quite rightly, too.
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