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I'm going to the Iowa Caucuses and you're not.

 
 
Swimpy
 
Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:17 pm
Well, as some of you know, I live in Iowa. I'll be caucusing tomorrow night at 6:30 CST. What advice, questions, etc., do you have for me?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:27 pm
Ha!

Wow.

You're certainly at the eye of the storm, there.

Who has impressed you as playing the game the best?

Who do you think comes across as most genuine?

What are your fellow-Iowans talking about?

What do you guys think about being so politically important?

What do you think about Clark skipping out entirely? (Was it entirely?)
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Piffka
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:28 pm
I don't have any advice and I have so many questions that I don't know where to start. I'm counting on you, though. Good luck.... we're all watching.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:45 pm
Soz, I, as well as the majority of Iowans have been bombarded with phone calls and mail from political groups asking for our vote for their favorite candidate. The great thing about the caucus process is that you don't have to make up your mind before you go.

I've just recently started to think seriously about who I think can beat George Bush. I think most Iowans are like me. It's sooo early. We are reluctant to commit so soon, but the jig is up tomorrow.

I don't put too much stock in the importance of one state's results. Iowa gets so much buzz just because we're first. This event brings a lot of money to the state. We need money, so that's a good thing.

Re: Clark. I think he made a big mistake.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:47 pm
It IS so early. It seems unfair that the process starts in earnest already -- whatever the results, they will genuinely affect what comes next. I'm just glad that Iowans, in general, are sensible people.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:48 pm
Wow, lucky you, Swimpy! What mistake did Clark make? Joining the race?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:51 pm
Not bothering with Iowa. (He's been campaigning elsewhere, NE I think, just skipping the whole Iowa circus.)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:51 pm
Beautiful, swimpy. Wish I could be there.
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:54 pm
Well, who do you like, Swimp?

Are you going to vote for one of the Big Four? Do you want to say who?

If that person doesn't get 15%, who is your second choice?

Tell us more about what's on your mind as you move toward a choice, as well as what any of your friends, relatives, and neighbors are thinking.

Enlighten us also about how the process works. I think it's still a bit of a mystery to many.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:54 pm
Oh yeah, cuz he entered so late? Bad move indeed. I think he's in NH tonight.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:55 pm
I agree, PDiddie. The news I want most from Swimpy is about the process.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 07:56 pm
Thirded.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 08:01 pm
I'm going to start with Kerry. I really think he's the candidate who matches up best against Bush. I think he'll be viable so I shouldn't need a second choice. I'll tell you more later. Gotta go.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 08:03 pm
...leaving us hanging!...

Looking forward to more tomorrow.
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2004 09:10 pm
K, I'm back. This site has a pretty good explanation of the process. Iowa Caucus FAQ
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 08:47 am
Cool! Wish I were there, it sounds like quite the experience.

(This must be A2K ... where people think going to Democratic caucuses is an opportunity to be jealous of <grins>)

sozobe wrote:
I'm just glad that Iowans, in general, are sensible people.


As opposed to, say, Wisconians? <nods>
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Swimpy
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 09:13 am
Habibi, I never thought I'd live to see the day when someone was jealous of me for living in Iowa! And about those Wisconsonites...you have to watch 'em veeeerrry closely <nods>
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 09:16 am
Re: I'm going to the Iowa Caucuses and you're not.
Swimpy wrote:
What advice, questions, etc., do you have for me?


Do you know neighbours, friends who are planning to come out for Dean, Gephardt, Edwards (Kucinich even, maybe)? What kind of people are they, what has determined their choice?

The punters serve us a cut-out profile for each - all Gephardt supporters are manly Teamsters, all Deanites are star-gazed students, et cetera ... was wondering how it works in reality.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 09:17 am
I'm jealous she gets to partake in the caucus, democrat or otherwise!
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 09:23 am
yeh, i was saying a2k-ers are politics-crazy, not that they're democrat-crazy! (tho face it, they're that, too ;-))
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