Why the Caucus Might (Not) Matter
“The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects thePresident and Vice President of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead, these voters directly elect designated intermediaries called “electors,” who almost always have pledged to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates (though unpledged electors are possible) and who are themselves selected according to the particular laws of each state.” –Wikipedia, Electoral College
Perhaps, Super Tuesday was set up as a farce, as a joke, or as an act to get people to stand in cold and crowded lines at their local voting centers and imagine that their caucus vote for a presidential hopeful actually made a difference in the whole scheme of things, aside from the media. Or perhaps not…
We could maybe say this. We could maybe imagine this as true. That yes, these caucus votes truly are poignant — in the sense of money, yes. But we don’t want to believe something so sinister, something so obvious and lazy could happen. Wait, really, people care about what voters think? No, not really… I cite 2001, Florida. We could probably say this.
The news media talks about those who showed up, those who got out the vote; social media is abuzz, people are subtly bragging about how much they obviously care about this election and its outcome and went out and did something about it. The picture and words prove it! But is a poll predating a supposed election really all that meaningful in actuality? Mmmmhhh, not sure…
In my opinion (and the United States’) an election is decided by the electoral colleges, so a few passionate people with their own opinions standing in impressively long lines — no matter what side(s) they claim, are not going to sway these well paid stalwarts chosen by the laws of individual states, these authoritative few in the electoral colleges, rather institutions deciding decisions.
I forget do we live in an oligarchy, or some other form or style of government? Pay no mind to the man behind the curtain! I imagine the electoral colleges in certain states and cringe, their laws decide!
If you want change, vote in the electoral colleges’ representatives, oh wait, corporations probably already do this. Never caucused for one of those… So, the electoral colleges decide, and they probably have allegiance to none. They don’t have to vote a certain way — and still voting in America is anonymous, so who really “knows” if they do or don’t vote in the way they claim, or say, or pledge. Yeah, I’ll give you a million dollars, sure. Just wait.
Now, I believe it is a good thing that people stood in line and expressed themselves, however do I think it helps the concept or process of actually voting? Not really. I don’t think it matters much at all. (It matters probably about as much as I do to the theatre or literary community.) That is to say, I wouldn’t place bets on it. This kind of news ties us over until something exciting happens, which could be anything.
To me, the caucus is like the spread in Vegas, it’s basically like studying what you are about to gamble on if you are a campaign or the media. You give the insiders the information they need to take legitimate chances on things that people should not be taking chances on: health care, social security, national defense, etc. And you do it all for free! It’s like allowing Hillary Clinton to be in charge if you are stationed in Libya…
The caucus and other such “polls” give these political marketing geniuses at whatever media conglomerate — the ones who want to keep their jobs — the insight and leverage to keep pushing product to you. Oh, whatever percentage of Minnesota liked Bernie, or Hillary, or Trump, or Cruz blah blah blah… This and that, this and that! Well, I am sure that will help them better share their message in between television programs or at crucial debates, but it doesn’t matter.
I feel queasy at the notion of insider trading. It just came to mind…
So, the caucus seems superficial to me, and kind of rigged, and people are proudly boasting about being a part of the political process like they are heroes, or saved a cat from a tree, or gave blood at a blood drive, or won the lottery. Great. If something makes you feel good, it has served its purpose, but was that really the endgame?
We give the electoral colleges the scoop, an outline of what we want based on limited data so they can make a sound decision. That’s our solution? They have one of the hardest jobs in the world and they are doing it on actual partial percentages that they get from computers, people, and the media. (I know at least one of those listed makes mistakes).
And we think this situation is trustworthy enough to bet our country on. I frowned upon these types of questions in Statistics class. The answer was always: fucked.
You know, people with ever-evolving minds get to choose who becomes the next President of the United States of America, whether they say they are for something one day (Super Tuesday) or different the next (Election Day 2016).
What’s even more astonishing, some people are so stuck in their ways that they will never change, so a bunch of people standing in line in the cold might not matter, maybe it might though. George W. Bush thought he won the election before he won the election in 2001, and then he won the election.
Perhaps, go out and caucus, go vote, and write about it on Facebook. Tell your lazy friends that didn’t go caucus that they are stupid, because it matters, man! Go out and imagine that you change the world with one check of a box, people are watching. Believe in a party. But the reality is a political party is like a bank vault, it’s only as good as the person who holds the key, and they need money.
And if I understand people, if I understand myself, I am not the same person I was yesterday. But having yesterday’s information on those who I am marketing my product to really does help; I could better spend donation monies on attack ads in certain regions I didn’t do so hot in over the caucuses, to up the odds that is. That would be my next political move.
Would you stand in line and vote for me?