11 Favorite moments from my 2016 caucus

A Buzzfeedy listicle of 11 reasons my caucus experience rocked:

  1. Pre-partying at the DMSC Give a Damn fashion show. Drank a free beer, got funky with a patriotic eagle, saw models strut it, got a silly caricature drawn and banished my FOMO on caucus-related fun. Oh, and hung out with Nate Boulton who is running for Iowa Senate and is a great guy.

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2. Getting up before the sun to hear NPR Morning Edition broadcast from our local coffee shop. I was there from 4:30-6:30 a.m., which was really too early to hear anything, but it was packed and buzzing with excitement. Eileen slept through it.

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3. Walking to our Roosevelt HS caucus site with my little family. Our caucus site was a little bit of a haul with a stroller and babywearing, but totally walkable in the nice weather.

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4. Selfie with Iowa legend Dr. Deborah Turner in line. I was in the Drake Alumni Executive Roundtable with Dr. Turner last year and have a little bit of a girl crush. The line to caucus was out the door and Joe and I were split up because we have different last names, so I enjoyed chilling with Dr. Turner.

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5. Getting a text from my mom that she was watching our precinct on C-SPAN. Turns out she was probably watching precinct 43 in the Roosevelt cafeteria and I was precinct 44 in the auditorium, but C-SPAN was there! Hi, Mom!

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6. When person #420 got big laughs from everyone in our precinct. Because we are mature, adult citizens. I was 497 of 516! Last time we caucused, we broke into smaller rooms, so I wasn’t really expecting this huge crowd.

7. Taking this #babiesforBernie photo with my neighbor-friend-fellow-mom, Amy. Babywearing for the win! We tried to convince some O’Malley folks to side with Sanders together.

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8. Exposing our kids to this unique political process. Even though Emmett mostly just watched Toy Story on the iPad, he was a champ. We didn’t get home until 9:45 p.m.!

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9. Hearing the stump speeches for each candidate from precinct captains. The Sanders guy was so sweet. “I’ve never spoken in front of a crowd this big!” And the O’Malley guy was funny and warm and eventually came to our side, I think.

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10. Meeting new neighbors who live just down the way and have a daughter a few weeks older than Eileen. The element of meeting and talking with people who live on your street is pretty wonderful. It’s like a block party without the food or booze. (Although I heard about one Des Moines caucus that got moved to a bar!)

11. Watching all of the results come in and validating the heck out of anyone’s experience on social media. So. Many. Beautiful. Iowa. Crowds. Also, sticker guy and hilarious tweets.

What a nail-biter! Our Caucus ended up sending 6 delegates for Sanders and 5 for Clinton. The process was disorganized, but I guess as they say — you can’t complain if you didn’t volunteer!

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5 responses to “11 Favorite moments from my 2016 caucus

  1. What a great list! Our precinct went Hillary 3:1. I was totally trying to use my baby to pull people over to our Sanders side of the room, literally, as he looks pretty cute in his Babies for Bernie onesie. Your caucus experience looks a thousand times more fun than mine, but I’m so glad I did it anyway even with my newborn in tow. Babywearing makes so many things possible. Congrats on the Bernie win–yay!

  2. Rachel Bruns

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I was in the Roosevelt Cafeteria so maybe your mom saw me! 😉 I’m guessing you did a better job talking to O’Malley folks about Bernie than I (I was not well prepared). My O’Malley convos turned into heated discussions about gender with Clinton supporters who were also wooing them. I felt attacked by the Clinton supporters. I’ve been kind of down about it since. Reading your upbeat blog made me feel better about the caucus format (even with the high degree of disorganization).

    • You are always so well spoken and thoughtful, Rachel, I’m sure you were great! I took offense to a few posts that accused Sanders supporters of misogyny and it actually spurred my first (civil) Facebook political exchange of differences. We were separated from Clinton folks by a section of auditorium seating, so it didn’t get too in-your-face.

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