Monday, March 31, 2008

"Local Democratic Leaders Want To Eliminate Caucuses"

Heh heh heh.

Before this election cycle, no one paid much attention to Texas during the primaries. This was because, by the time we got to vote, the presidential candidates were pretty much locked away, and not very many people went to the polls because our votes didn't matter much. Therefore, apparently not very many people knew how screwed up the primary process was, either.

Well, this year, with the close race between Obama and Clinton, Texas Democrats did go to the polls, and they did find out how screwed up things were. Now, they seem ready to scrap the whole process, as KSAT-12 reports:

SAN ANTONIO -- Local Democratic party leaders are saying the state election process should be changed after mass confusion plagued caucuses over the weekend.

"We were unprepared for the tsunami of Democrats," said Carla Vela, Bexar County's Democratic party chairwoman. "My personal opinion; get rid of the Texas Two-Step, it's just too confusing for the people."

Texas' system of choosing a candidate for the primary election involves both a general election immediately followed by a caucus system which continues through multiple steps until the state convention. Saturday's process was the for the district's delegates.

Heh heh. "Mass confusion" and a "tsunami of Democrats." That's just Texas politics for ya.


Kels said...

LOL interesting... I'm curious as to what people that may have voted Obama think after everything surfaced about his pastor... I wonder if any of their opinions changed and if they wish they hadn't voted for him.

Totally off-topic to this post, but have you heard anything on these supposed gang initiations? And what's your take on it? (I'm waiting for a friend of mine to get back to me... her dad is friends with the police chief and intends to ask him about it... I'm anxious to hear more info that will put my mind at ease!)

Dave said...

...have you heard anything on these supposed gang initiations?

That was the Texas Two-step!!!

Albatross said...

Heh heh heh heh. I bet a lot of those at the caucus parties are thinking that right about now.

As for the actual reports of gang initiaions, Kels, I assume you mean ones where gang members target innocent people as a rite of passage. Though there may be isolated incidents, the widespread reports appear to be urban legends., a Web site dedicated to investigating such legends, tracks down several of these reports and finds not much there.

In other words, it looks like you shouldn't worry too much about rampant gang initiations, although it might be good idea to steer clear of shady characters anyway.