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Friday, December 22, 2006

John Deeth Blog: Why The Republican Caucus isn't a caucus: Caucus 101 Part Two

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Part two of my caucus series. This stuff may be redundant for old hands, but my experience going into my fifth caucus cycle as an Iowan is that most of us don't understand it either. Most people expect a simple, show-up-and-vote primary. That's not the caucuses. They're run not by the election office but by the parties. And the parties are different. It'll take some 'splainin', but bear with me and you'll see that Republican caucus results are really just a beauty contest. The nomination process, like America's health care system, is the result of historical happenstance and accidents that has produced an unsatisfactory result that no one would build from scratch. Like health care, it has produced fiefdoms and special interests that are hard to battle, as any reform would gore someone's ox. And my ox here in Iowa is the fattest of all.

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