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We did our part

Panorama of our caucus siteWe attend­ed our some­what abbre­vi­at­ed cau­cus, we stood up for our man, and he rocked the cau­cus. As one t‑shirt said, “Barack Chalk Jay­hawk!” Cur­rent results give Kansas to Oba­ma by a 46% mar­gin. If only that were reflect­ed across the coun­try.

The line was real­ly long, with hun­dreds of peo­ple snaking down the street in the cold, win­try, windy evening. We were cau­cus­ing at the Nation­al Guard Armory, one of the few places in town with a large enough space to hold hun­dreds of folks. Even so, there were peo­ple in line by the dead­line (7 pm) who could not fit in the build­ing. When the pro­ceed­ings got start­ed, the precinct cap­tains (remark­ably bereft of a bull­horn) announced that they would count us and then let us go home, while they brought inside the 250 peo­ple who were still out­side.

It was very noisy in the hangar, with spon­ta­neous chant­i­ng break­ing out all the time. The wife was great­ly moved by the show of sol­i­dar­i­ty, so much so it brought her near to tears more than once. I con­fess to a spine-tin­gling moment when the Cap’n asked us if there were some excit­ed Democ­rats in the house, and five hun­dred peo­ple answered with a thun­der­ing “Yeah!”

It was also hot in the hangar, though some kind souls start­ed play­ing with the big garage door at the far end of the room (the same door from which we were even­tu­al­ly shuf­fled out). And frankly, it got a lit­tle bor­ing at times, too. If it weren’t for the audac­i­ty of the ten Kucinich sup­port­ers, march­ing and singing and what­not, it might not have been as much fun. Update: Turns out that of the 35 votes Kucinich got in Kansas, six­teen came from our cau­cus loca­tion.

In the end, we were out of there by a lit­tle after 7:30, in time to get home and put the boys to bed before the babysit­ter had to. Yeah, we got a sit­ter. It was the right choice, though giv­en how rau­cous and short the whole process was, our old­er boy prob­a­bly would have enjoyed.

More pic­tures here.

By Danny

My name is Danny, and I grew up living overseas, but have settled in Kansas, where it turns out some of my family started, back when. I am helping to raise my own family, and hoping to be proud of what I've done when it's all over.