by chinapaulo, Fri May 30, 2008 at 11:45:06 AM EDT
Here on MyDD I've read innumerable diaries about the meaning of the popular vote (or lack thereof), and there has been a lot of discussion about the value of the caucuses to the democratic nomination process (or the lack thereof).
Sadly, the discussions seem to play themselves out in the same way over and over again. Clinton supporters talk about 'counting the votes', and Obama supporters point out that the Democratic nomination process is a race for delegates, not votes. Occasionally someone comes in and claims that Obama won in caucus states because he cheated somehow. If not, it is at least claimed that the caucus process has disenfranchised somebody's brother, sister, or grandparents and is not democratic or representative.
In defense of caususes, it has been stated on numerous occasions that while primaries are good measures of the breadth of a candidate's support, caucuses measure the depth of a candidate's support. But this never fully crystalized with me until I thought about the value of MyDD's own Alegre to the Clinton campaign. The passion, committment, and dedication that Alegre brings to the campaign of her candidate is the perfect example of why some states use caucuses. Having an Alegre on your team is probably worth a hundred of almost anybody else.
Put simply, Alegre's vote for the democratic nominee should count for more than mine. And if I understand correctly, she lives in Washington where they had a caucus, so her vote did count for more than mine.
No, this is not snark.
And no, I am not calling out Alegre.
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