Most states in the US hold primaries.
A few have a mixture of a primary and a caucus.
Sixteen states are strictly caucus states.
Why a caucus and not a primary?
Cause a caucus is more homey.
Iowa is very proud to have the first caucus in the nation.
Oh, the excitement!
Don't get me wrong.
Choosing the next president is a big job.
But, being the first caucus never seemed all that important to me.
Iowa IS corn, pigs, and the first caucus and that is how it is.
But why is it important to caucus? Let me tell you in this week's Ten Things Tuesday.
Reasons to Caucus in Iowa:
1. You are a Democrat or Republican
Change your party from Independent or you can't come in.
2. It's a good way to kill a couple hours.
Notice I said hours, not that you might not want to kill someone for thinking you are wrong and that Huckabee is not going to make it. You just watch, people!
3. Meeting new people
You already have common political ground. Your soul mate could be in there.
4. Learning new things.
It's not all about the vote. Discussions are made on the candidates and the issues before you write down your choice.
5. Chance to meet the candidate
Either the candidate or a representative is present at many precincts. Ask O'Malley to dance a jig.
6. Being alert
The cold arctic blast of a February night in Iowa will make sure you are wide awake and won't fall asleep before it is time.
7. No lines
Primaries have lines. It is just like an election. Not a caucus. It's like a stuffy party for the politically inclined.
8. Make your voice heard.
So, you voted for Sanders and Clinton won. You were there. You spoke up.
9. You might get on the news.
News stations cover this stuff. You could get your 15 seconds of fame.
10. You get to talk bad about the other party.
Bitch away about how we need to take our country back. Talk about corporate greed. Go ahead. You know you want to.
Have a great Tuesday!