Lucy, you have some ‘splaining to do: Or “I have no idea what a caucus is”

Feb 08, 2008

#Life#Rants and Raves

When trying to figure out our events this weekend, we over-heard someone say the Washington State caucus was going on. “Caucus?” I giggle. Heh. You said CAUCUS.

No, really, I’m twelve.

I actually do care, you know, about politics. I care deeply. I have my :: ahem :: opinions and I want to voice them in a dark room or behind a closed curtain with a #2 pencil and a bubble sheet. I remember voting in my younger years, basing a huge decision like WHO WILL RUN THY COUNTRY on things like, “well, this guy has lovely hair…”

I know it’s silly. I’m aware that it’s not really helpful, but there’s a rush that happens when you think, for one defining moment, that you can change the fate of the world. The (echo THETHETHE) World (echo WORLDWORLDWORLD)

So imagine my disappointment when I found out it wasn’t true.


Did you realize that the little piece of ballot you submit for the primaries in Washington State do not actually elect the presidential candidate that represents this state? Did you know you have to attend the caucus? Did you know what a caucus is and that the tiny ballot you send it will have zero effect on the outcomes of that said caucus?

Did you know you “Do Not Need Your ID or Voter’s Registration Card” to participate? That “when you sign in you are asked to declare that you are a Democrat and a registered voter. This is by the honor system.”

Nope. Me either.

So? What. The. Hell. People. The honor system?


So I looked a little further in to the greatest democracy on earth:

The slates of electors are generally chosen by the political parties. State laws vary on the appointment of electors. The States prepare a list of the slate of electors for the candidate who receives the most popular votes on a Certificate of Ascertainment. The Governor of each State prepares seven original Certificates of Ascertainment. The States send one original, along with two authenticated copies or two additional originals to the Archivist of the United States at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) by registered mail. The Certificates of Ascertainment must be submitted as soon as practicable, but no later than the day after the meetings of the electors, which occur on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December (December 15, 2008). The Archivist transmits the originals to NARA’s Office of the Federal Register (OFR). The OFR forwards one copy to each House of Congress and retains the original.

The electors meet in each State on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December (December 15, 2008). A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President and Vice President. No Constitutional provision or Federal law requires electors to vote in accordance with the popular vote in their State.


It’s starting to look like I’ll be voting for the person with the lovely hair. At least I can wrap my brain around that.


**P.S. Baby O is doing much better, thank you THANK YOU to everyone. He’s not so much a preemie anymore, is he? The man-baby, he is huge. Now if he could just sleep through the night….



  1. You said “Caucus” hehehe.

    Yup, secretly 12 over here, too.

    Glad Baby O is feeling better!

    And, I got all the candidates on their hair.  Cause I’m a huge dork like that!  I was all like “Hey, Rudy and Mitt Dropped out, already!”


    By tjsmommy on 2008 02 09

  2. SOOOOO many people aren’t aware of how the voting structure of this country works (Although the 2000 election was QUITE an eye opener for many, I am sure.)

    Way to educate! (Much more helpful than the “School house rocks!” episode on how a bill becomes a law.

    By loralee on 2008 02 09

  3. Yeah. I hear you.

    Glad to hear the man-baby is getting better!

    By hilary on 2008 02 09

  4. My goodness, he IS huge!!  He looks GREAT in that stroller!

    My grandpa would always say, “Now wait a minute, we’re gonna have a caucus.”  (insert old person accent) or, “Let’s have a caucus.”  He would do this before ANY *important* decision.  Like which mall to go to. hehehheh.

    SO, thanks for bringing back good memories of my gramps.  And reminding me how much our country SUCKS BALLS.


    By VDog on 2008 02 09

  5. I hear ya. Politics to me are like a Far Side cartoon: “blah blah Ginger. blah blah blah blah Ginger.” I try so hard to pay attention and learn what I can and then get confused some more. The answers all depend on who you ask too. In the end, I just follow all the other lemmings, go fill in the little oval for the person who convinces me they will do the best job based on who has the best speech writers. And hair dresser. Then I grab the handles of the hand basket and hang on. I wish I weren’t so cynical, but cheese-n-rice, it’s only February! A lot could happen from now till then.

    I think RuPaul should run for pres and that would fix everything. Terrorists would take one look at that and say “oh HELL no” and leave us the frig alone so we can concentrate on getting better botox injections for all Americans. God helps those who help themselves, right?

    Glad to hear ManBaby is doing better. Yay! That’s the most important thing of all.

    By TheMacMommy on 2008 02 09

  6. I totally don’t understand how it all works.  Kinda makes me sad.

    If I went with the whole hair thing, I’d have to go for Guiliani or Obama on the mere fact that they would spend the LEAST amount of time “primping” and the most amount of time “Commanding.”  Edwards & Romney?  Too pretty.  No man, in my opinion, should use more hairspray than me.  And I don’t use any hairspray.  McCain?  I CAN NOT condone the “comb over” no matter how inconspicuous it is.  Hillary?  The closer she gets to the White House, the more her hair starts looking like a “Helmet Head”, which, again, is something I can’t condone.  I guess that means my actual vote correlated with my version of your hair thing.  Maybe you’re on to something!  Go Obama!

    Oh, and I’m glad Baby O is okay.  I think “Man Baby, 20 pound 9 month old RSV sickie” is not as scary as “newborn, preemie RSV sickie.” I’m pretty sure that’s what Google would tell you as well.

    By AMomTwoBoys on 2008 02 09

  7. Hmm. I think I like McCain’s hair best.

    By Annika on 2008 02 09

  8. As usual, I think I’m basing my vote on who would make the best SNL character. Although, oddly enough, that doesn’t always go over so well in the caucuses. I even come with proposed, story-boarded sketches and try to act some of them out.

    I kid, I kid..we all know nobody watches SNL anymore. Really, I’m looking for somebody who can beat the McCain/Huckabee(old/crazy) ticket.

    caucus on.

    By jonathan on 2008 02 09

  9. I know the system is outdated.  It definitely needs to be revamped.  And perhaps if we keep making our voices heard regarding what we want maybe it will happen.  Major party changes, major constitutional amendments have happened before, it can happen again.

    I can’t help it, in the end I always end up an optimist when it comes to the framework put into place by the founding fathers.  But that’s the historian in me, I guess.

    By Sleeping Mommy on 2008 02 09

  10. Man, you gotta love our state aye?! One party uses the caucus system the other the ballot system. Than theres that whole little sticking point about the ‘pick a party primary’ that bugs me. I mean, seriously?!, just pick a party?! What if say I pick party A in race 1, but in race 2, I think that party B is better?! Hunh! what then?! Okay I’m going to shut up now as I need to go hunt down coffee *glares at the broken coffee maker* Than I’m considering going and watching(but not participating in) our caucus here, I’m curious how they work, but I have no inclination at this point to pick a party and stick with it.

    By Mackenzie's Momma on 2008 02 09

  11. Yep!

    By HRH on 2008 02 09

  12. I’m a fellow Washingtonian who used to be a Californian.  This is my first presidential primary as a Washingtonian.

    I was appalled to find out about the caucus thing.  I have it on good authority that the Democrats are the only ones who use the caucus, so I voted Republican for the primary.  Yes, I know that the Democrats will win the presidency, but I’m don’t have the time to go to a building and stand in a line and pledge my support and listen to speeches and be counted.  MY GOD.  Now if they had free childcare and booze, I’d be all over it.

    By Amy on 2008 02 09

  13. Seriously, I do not understand how your voting system works.  It is so damn confusing that I cannot fathom how anyone actually knows what they’re doing.
    It’s just so much simpler up in the Great White North smile

    By Mrs. Mustard on 2008 02 09

  14. The current system def. needs to be revised or recreated. I personally think that the primary states need to be rotated.  It’s not fair that some states have, essentially, little say in what happens. Why all the attention on IOWA and New Hamshire (I am from Iowa orig…)? It needs to rotate and the whole system needs to be revised!!

    By shannanb on 2008 02 10

  15. God… I really must just consume your children.  NUMMY!

    You’d better just come clean now and tell me you’re an Obama fan or I might just have to… ummmmm… well… stop thinking you’re cool.  So there!  (Okay, I’d still lurve you, but I wouldn’t lend you my groovy Obama t-shirt).  smile

    By Katie Kat on 2008 02 10

  16. I have that same exact stroller!

    It’s been interesting reading about the election here in India….I think they have a better understanding of the caucus than Americans do.

    By Ali on 2008 02 11

  17. I’m glad he’s doing better- and great picture!

    Did you see the article in the paper about how most of us didn’t vote right on the primary? Apparently there was something to sign on the back of the ballot re: which party we’re in.  Who looks at the back of the ballot. But, like you said, the votes don’t matter anyway. 

    I’m so tired of politics.

    By Carrie on 2008 02 11

  18. Can you believe I work in the politics biz for money, and I have no freaking idea how this works. I don’t want to, because then I’d have to rework my mission in life. I just go vote like a good sheep and then watch the chips fall. But it is screwy!

    By Dre the Texican on 2008 02 11

  19. I get a glazed over look when people start going too in depth. All I know is that my state is republican and I hear that I “throw my vote away” by not voting republican…and yet…whatever!

    I think I will go with the best hairdos this year smile

    By Amy on 2008 02 11

  20. OMG, free booze and childcare? that’s the way to get us to vote! And it’ll grab those teenagers, too!

    Let’s write congress!

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2008 02 11