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Feb 03rd
Home Columns A Cup O' Kapeng Barako Democrat Caucus: A Farce and a Joke
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Friday, 15 February 2008 05:32
aucuses are jokes.  Democrat caucuses, that is.  Last Saturday, when our State of Washington had its Democrat caucuses, my wife and I eagerly went, raring to participate and make our views known. In my Lakeland Hills neighborhood, a suburb south of Seattle, we held our caucus in the small basketball gym of Lakeland Hills Elementary.  Many came.  So the gym just about overflowed with people. But what really surprised me was the sea of Black faces in that small, packed gym. 

I asked my wife, “Where did they all come from?  Where are our neighbors? 

This is supposed to be an all-white neighborhood.” Where they all came from, I don’t have any idea.   

I would see a Black face in our neighborhood now and then, but usually I don’t.  There’s a Black family that lives several houses up the street from us, but that’s it. I don’t see them at our neighborhood Starbucks where I usually hang out.  I don’t see them at our neighborhood shopping plaza.  I don’t see them at our neighborhood restaurants and fast food stores. 

So it was kind of a shock to me to see them all of a sudden, gathered all together in one place in this neighborhood.

Siguro (maybe),” I told my wife, “mga HAKOT.” 

Editor’s Notes: Hakot is a Filipino term for “to bring.” Ergo, “hakot delegates” are those brought or bused-in supporters of a particular candidate and who are usually paid and pampered and fed by the campaign organization.
Our neighborhood caucus was a joke, anyway.  We got in.  Nobody asked who we were.  We didn’t have to show any ID’s.  We were given forms to fill out: names, addresses, phone numbers, and our signatures.   

Now, check this out: On the form, there was a portion there where it asked if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.  I kid you not! 

I tell ya, the Democrat Party here in Washington is a nosy political party. 

Why do they want to know who you’re sleeping with? Surely, that’s a joke.

Then, on the last slot of the form, we wrote down the name of our preferred candidate. 

A Black lady next to me, filling out her form, wrote down FIVE names, then signed five different signatures after those names … and on the slot for preferred candidate, wrote down, five times: BARACK OBAMA.   

Surely, that’s a joke. 

When I saw this, I was tempted to get another form, write down also five fictitious names and addresses and phone numbers, signed five different signatures and write down in the slot of preferred candidate, five times: HILLARY CLINTON.  You know, as a joke, too. 

Well, if that lady could do it, I could do it, too, right? But I couldn’t be bothered. 

I was getting hot in that enclosed gym.  We were getting packed like sardines as more people came.  The place was getting noisy and SMELLLY, like a fish market. 

It was impossible to carry on a conversation with anybody.  So, I grabbed my wife and left. 

The following day, I heard on the news that a lot of people said: “The caucus system sucks.”  “It’s horrible.”  “It’s confusing.”  “It disenfranchises people.”  “It’s undemocratic.”  “It’s pointless.”  “It turns a lot of people off to politics….” 

To me, it was simply STUPID!  A farce!  And, a joke! 

True, as reported by the media there was a “record turnout” and “lines around the block,” BUT only an estimated 10 percent of registered voters took part.   

If that’s the case, who then is the TRUE preferred candidate of the 90 percent of Washington voters?  Is that also the case, nation-wide? 

: So, like a red tide swooping down on the yellow peril (that’s how it looks like on the map of CNN political pundits), Mr. Barack Obama rolled on to victory Tuesday and captured the Potomac states: Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., adding to eight states his win over Ms. Hillary since Saturday.     

And that gave Mr. Obama a lead over Ms. Hillary in pledged delegates, which at last count is over a hundred now as I write this. 

According to Associated Press, the score is: Clinton, 978; Obama, 1,112.  The magic number is: 2,025.  Whoever will get that number of pledged delegates would be the nominee.   

Let’s don’t forget, too, the 796 “unpledged” superdelegates – party leaders and elected officials who have an automatic seat at the national convention in Denver – and who could have the last say as to who would be the nominee. Right now, there are 81 superdelegates who have committed their votes for Mr. Obama. 

For Ms. Hillary, 109 superdelegates have promised her their support. But we’re not in Denver yet.  We’ll cross the bridge when we get there. 

: Right now, Hillary is losing.  And she might lose again next week in the primaries in Wisconsin and Hawaii, where Obama grew up. 

But Hillary remains undaunted.  She vowed to take delegate-rich Texas and Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont on March 4 when those states hold their primaries, as well as Pennsylvania on its April primary.  

She said in El Paso: “We’re going to sweep across Texas in the next three weeks bringing our message about what we need in America, the kind of President we need on Day One to be commander in chief and turn the economy around … I’m tested.  I’m ready.  Let’s make it happen.” 

That’s my girl.  She’s unbowed.  She’s got substance.  She has withstood attacks from all sides and survived them all.  She’s got experience.  She’s got knowledge.  She’s got intelligence.  She’s got sensitivity.  She’ll beat Barack Obama.  Then, she’ll beat John McCain, the GOP’s presumptive nominee.  She’ll be America’s next President.  She’ll make it happen. JJ

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