I absolutely love it when my wife claps at the television. It expresses a kind of deep-felt passion that my… what, my personality, won’t let me deliver. I fall instead at the snarky end of the spectrum.
Tonight, she was in fine form as William Jefferson Clinton delivered (what might have been) the best speech of his career. He made all the arguments we have desperately wanted someone to make against the Republican plan, and in a very public forum. He crushed, as the kids put it these days.
Let me just say, I’m glad Bubba is on our side.
I’m sure there have been others, but this is the first poll pitting Obama or Clinton vs. John McCain for all the marbles since Super Tuesday (though it must be noted that it was gathered before Super Tuesday).
Time Magazine’s poll shows Clinton vs. McCain tied at 48%, while Obama beats McCain 48% to 42%.
Don’t trust the polls, etc., but I am interested to see what the sure-to-be-coming slew of similar polls predicts in the next few weeks.
I’m not going to say I told you so, yet.
We 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.
Let me preface by urging you to go out and vote tomorrow, regardless of who you support. Unless you’re one of Huck’s Army, then please stay home. If you’re a devout Ron Paul supporter, do go, just to entertain the MittCains. Our entire family (me, wife, five-year-old, and 20-month-old) will be going to caucus here in Kansas.
That said. Won’t you consider caucus-voting for Barack Obama? That’s who we’ll be going to support. I can’t speak for my wife, but I’m going in order to vote against Billary as much as to support Obama. Here’s why, in a nutshell. I think McCain will beat her in the general election. I dislike her brand of anything-to-win politics (though I don’t really believe Obama is above that, the tactics Clinton has pulled out in NH and SC, and FL and MI make me think of her as Rove-like). I think the nation will not welcome her as President, I think we will remain divided, blue vs. red. And I’m tired of all of those things.
Thank you for your time.
P.S., I got the “Vote” thing here.