Skip to main content

View Diary: Why Maine (and other late states) should back Chris Dodd (30 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I still want Kucinich to be President... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Spud1, Eddie in ME, Debbie in ME

    ...but that's not going to happen this time around, thank you very much MSM. Since Dodd was the only Senator running for President who thought it worthwhile to stand up in Washington for the U.S. Constitution, maybe I should back him in February.

    BTW, when did Maine switch to caucuses? Last time I was here for a Presidential election year, I affiliated with the Republicans long enough to vote for Dole, since I could have respected him in the Oval Office, and immediately un-affiliated.

    Garrett in Brewer

    •  Not sure (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Spud1, Debbie in ME, Predictor

      I've only lived in Maine for six years. All I know is we caucused in 2002. According to some archived Google News stuff that I'd need to pay to read, Tsongas was involved in a Maine caucus in 1992.

      From what I can tell, Maine merely flirted briefly with a primary system in 1996, but returned to their traditional caucus system afterward.

      I support Chris Dodd for President. Unequivocally. He's the only candidate which possesses any balls (sorry, Hillary).

      by Eddie in ME on Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 09:01:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  that sounds right (5+ / 0-)

        remember my first caucus was in 1984 and I was for Gary Hart.  

        As for when we switched to primaries and than back to caucuses, not sure - the Reagan years took its toll and made me very disaffected politically - took Howard Dean to reawaken that.

          •  Sure is (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Debbie in ME

            I love how caucuses eliminate the lazy shits who think "civic engagement" is a five minute a year job.

            I support Chris Dodd for President. Unequivocally. He's the only candidate which possesses any balls (sorry, Hillary).

            by Eddie in ME on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 01:26:21 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  And lose over 10K members, statewide (0+ / 0-)

              Way to go.

              Compare the stats, re: caucus voters, vs. primary turnout over the past 10-15 yrs.

              Factor in a lackluster roster of Dem. Presidential candidates, and a "late" caucus; and it's not lookin' stellar (e.g., piss-poor leadership).

              The MDP will do well to muster up conveners; let alone attendees.

              15 attendees @a county monthly meeting doesn't cut it (out of a potential of 34,082 registered in '06).

              Mainers hardly step out for their annual town meetings in March; let alone, a caucus on a Sunday in frigid Feb.

              ...not when the majority of Mainer voters are unenrolled to begin with.

              If Billary looks as if she's gaining any traction, I'll blip in an absentee ballot (I highly doubt that she'll make any headway).

              The focus will be Tom's race up here in the general; and that doesn't include caucuses.

              Only state races, who want their petitions signed--that's all caucuses are good for (the average Mainer could give a hoot about signatures--I doubt that they know how the process even works).

              The '04 caucuses were hopping (largest draw ever) only because of the Deaniacs (which ain't happenin' during '08, by any stretch of the imagination).

              Once the coordinated campaign office opens in CD#2 (??), things will perk up, re: Tom's race with Suzie-Q (but not w/the average voter--only those who are already political junkies will care).

              •  Primary turnout is higher. Yep. (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                Debbie in ME

                Because in a primary, any uneducated (and I mean regarding the candidates, not regarding schooling) nitwit can show up and cast a ballot. In caucuses, it's the well-informed voters that are paying attention who choose. More my speed.

                You may find the roster "lackluster", but many don't- Obama's drawing out bigger crowds than Dean ever did. He's raising bucketloads of dough from the Internet.

                And I can't speak for the rest of Maine, but Kennebec has had caucus conveners for all 29 towns for weeks now.

                And I say the same for town meeting- if you bitch about stuff in your town, but are too goddamn lazy to show up at town meeting, then you deserve what you get. Period.

                I support Chris Dodd for President. Unequivocally. He's the only candidate which possesses any balls (sorry, Hillary).

                by Eddie in ME on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 02:45:43 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site