I attended the Idaho Democratic Party's central committee meeting yesterday to liveblog the goings-on. I'm just nerdy enough to think that it was a fun way to spend my Saturday afternoon, and it was a great chance to meet new people and make good plans. I'm home now and digesting that I learned yesterday, but anyone interested in catching up on the events of yesterday has come to the right place.
2:55 PM - What the heck - I signed up for one. We've got 64 parties scheduled so far.
2:26 PM - This is the year to be ambitious. The state party has created a plan to build a stable of volunteers, starting with 100 volunteer-collecting house parties scheduled for November 3rd - by this Tuesday. That's more than any other state has scheduled. So far we have 45 scheduled. This is a party-building exercise, to create a Democratic party in Idaho that survives past the election.
This may sound familiar to some of you.
2:02 PM - The short story: question assumptions, organize everywhere and count everything. Listen up, anyone who's tempted to write Idaho off as a red state.
1:58 PM - "The Plan."
1:25 PM - Will return ~ 2:00 from lunch.
12:19 PM - Final mock delegate tally is Obama with 5 delegates, Edwards with 4 delegates and Undecided with 5 delegates.
12:11 AM - After the initial caucus, the largest faction is "uncommitted." Hmm.
11:44 AM - We have local reps for national presidential candidates here. So far we've heard from a representative for Hillary Clinton and one for Dennis Kucinich.
11:27 AM - Phew. I'm not the only one with questions. This is working as a training session.
11:19 AM - Maybe I shouldn't confess this, but I'm not completely clear on what exactly a caucus is. This will be a learning experience for me, anyway. People are filtering in and making groups according to which Democratic presidential candidate they support.
Up next: Mock caucus, aka "Mockus." I'll be watching comments, too, so feel free to ask questions as they might come up.
10:57 AM - The question "How do we engage people under 40?" gets a big laugh. I'm probably the youngest person in the room.