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Sunday, January 18, 2004


Going To The Caucus? Here Is How To Win It

posted by Dana at Sunday, January 18, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
If you're an Iowan and you will be 18 by November 2, if you're a Democrat or registered independent, you can attend one of 1,993 caucuses across the state starting at 6:30 PM Central Time tomorrow.

So you're there. What can you do to win it?

1. Look for Dean caucusers who were independent, previously Republican, or who never voted before. Count them. Talk to them. Listen to them tell you why they are there.

2. Suporters of the 4 main candidates may be moved into separate corners of the caucus room fairly quickly. Size up where you stand, and how many are left in the middle.

3. One out of each candidate's supporters gets a chance, after the initial tally, to say a few words aimed at swaying the undecideds. Remember the key issue: electability. If the task falls to you emphasize that we're the minority party, that we need independents and Republicans to win. Then point to each of your new voters in turn, and watch them nod while you tick off what brought them there.

4. Be friendly. Be courteous. Be yourself. Be neighborly. This is supposed to be fun. Make it fun, as much fun as you can make it for your neighbors in the room, and you have a better chance of moving people your way.

Remember. We have the biggest, best organization that has ever hit Iowa. It's very likely there will be more Dean people in your caucus than supporters of anyone else. But it's up to you to move the undecideds, and the waverers, over to our side.

In a caucus, you really do have the power. All of it. Use it wisely.


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