Long night in Texas?

Our precinct caucus is almost always a sedate affair.  While our precinct votes heavily Democratic, few of the voters are interested in working much more for the party machinery, especially if it involves giving up a couple of weekends to attend conventions.

So in the past decade we’ve been in this precinct, caucuses have been tiny.  Five people was the high water mark.  A couple of times we’ve had one other person.  In years I was not the precinct chair, the precinct chair didn’t bother to show.  More often I’ve been the only person there, and had to work hard to recruit 23 delegates and 23 alternates to our senatorial district convention.  We don’t have that many relatives in Texas, let alone in this precinct.

Two presidential campaigns work hard:  This year should be different, we’re told.

The New Republic’s website features an article that plumbs some of the problems that may develop. Oy!

Will Texas be a disaster?  I doubt it — the disaster would occur at the senatorial district convention, I think.

I need the time tonight to work on lesson plans, though.  Against my small-d democratic better sense, I almost hope everyone else votes and goes home, leaving me to try to recruit 23 delegates and 23 alternates . . .

Wish me luck!

4 Responses to Long night in Texas?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Standing in line this morning very early, the election judge/precinct chair collared me to ask whethr I’d be back for the caucus. She needs help, she says.

    Two people on the ballot for precinct chair, neither I’ve ever heard of or from . . .


  2. tuibguy says:

    I hope that you have a large turnout from the campaigns. I know that in their focus to get delegates, the campaigns forget that they need to feed back into the party in order to build for the future. They should be encouraging people to stay vote in the primaries and then join in the “Texas Two Step” and dance the second step for the long haul. Texas can return to its Democratic roots (although without the “yellow dog” faction this time, if the campaigns add a bit of thought to party-building in addition to their own office seeking.

    You may be surprised at how many people in your precinct don’t know of the opportunities available through the local party activities. I know that in 2004 I had no idea. I had merely gone to the caucuses for the straw polling and stayed for the entire event.


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  4. blueollie says:

    I have to admit that I am envious. In Illinois, we have a primary; I did two door to door canvasses (the first in 7 F weather) and, needless to say, O’s reception was rather positive as he took 72% of the vote in Peoria (the city)

    I’ve also done 3 phone banking sessions to Texas; one was to McAllen and two to Houston.

    Good luck!


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