The largest applause line in response to President Obama’s live video feed to the democratic caucus at Cedar Rapids Washington High School Tuesday night was, “We’ve accomplished a lot. We’ve got a lot more to do. And we need four more years to do it.”
The largest applause line in response to local office holders, which included Congressman Bruce Barley, State Representative Tyler Olson and State Sentator Robert Hogg, was, among the litany of Obama accomplishments, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy in the military. Caucus goers were encouraged to participate in organizing neighborhood teams to work for Obama’s reelection.
Thirteen of 86 Linn County precincts were represented by about 500 Democrats. My precinct CR04, situated and including near southwest downtown Cedar Rapids, is heavily Democratic and carried Obama in 2008. Eight of 630 registered Democrats from my precinct CR04 caucused to select two members for convention committees and two delegates for the central committee, both meeting in January in advance of the Linn County Convention in March, the First District meeting in April, and the state convention in June.
The meeting lasted about 15 minutes and we seasoned caucus goers adjourned quickly. All the focus was on the next step in the general election and organizing for success.
My caucus experience began in December at the home of Linda Langston, Linn County Supervisor, and her husband Dave Langston, one of seven house parties hosted in Cedar Rapids to provide a gathering and rallying space for active Democrats. My caucus experience resumed last week phoning registered democrats from Obama team headquarters in Cedar Rapids, reminding them of the caucus and the site their precinct was to meet. The neighborhood team development will be organized by three professional field supervisors.
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