I googled the title of today’s post to see if there existed a “Dummies” series for caucuses (caucusi???) but I didn’t find anything that specific. I did, however, come across this book authored by Ann Delaney:
This morning, on Your World Today, Tom Foreman tried explaining caucuses using a chess analogy (complete with an actual chess set on-air) while John Roberts & John Dickerson tried to explain it on American Morning with sugar packets, jelly and creamer! Time magazine put together a video explanation using little paper cutouts of people… I thought that was a pretty cute way to offer a visual explanation.
Here is a YouTube video of Jeff Greenfield (former CNN analyst) explaining the process:
Here are three additional links that might help: CNN.com compiled a slideshow back in 2004 (note how the Iowa Caucus date was January 19th back then) . Click this link for the 2008 CNN.com version. Additionally, a group called the Volunteer Voters explains how a caucus works.
After checking out all these resources, the only thing I can figure out for sure is that the Republican’s method is pretty straight forward but the Dems aim for more complexity in their process. I’m still slightly befuddled after reading about “viable” percentage numbers and how participants may have to end up convincing each other to sway one way or the other. One big ol’ vote-o-rama!
Finally this afternoon, I have a few videocaps of John from last night’s AC360. He was still up in chilly New Hampshire.
Since the actual results won’t be known until late tonight, a mention of the evening’s results will be included in tomorrow’s blog post. Although, of course you won’t have to come here to know what actually happened… everything will be splashed all over CNN.com and other websites as soon as the information comes in.
*pop-pop-pop* There goes the sound of Millie’s popcorn popper!!