Should the Democratic Party get rid of the caucus? | The Tylt
Should the Democratic Party get rid of the caucus?
Many Democrats, including officials, want to see the caucus gone.
Here's one view on why it's an undemocratic process.
In some precincts, it came down to a flip of a coin. That seems like a bizarre way to select a presidential candidate.
For Iowans, the caucuses are a tradition and responsibility they take seriously. Here's why some Democrats in Iowa prefer the system:
“It’s really kind of a beautiful thing, it’s really grass roots, it’s ‘Let’s talk to each other and let’s do democracy,’ ” Berryhill said.
The concept has been criticized as impractical and outdated, excluding those who work late, parents of young children, and people whose first language is not English. But for now, the tradition continues.
The format is also unusually personal in an era of so much polarization, so some worry that people might hesitate to caucus because neighbors will see whom they pick. On the other hand, Democrats might find solidarity on Monday night, as they look around rooms and remember that they are not alone in a state that, in the 2016 general election, went for Trump.
“When a bunch of Democrats get together it’s very reassuring because we are a red state and there’s a lot of Trumpsters,” said Pat Crosley, chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Audubon County.
"When I talk to the candidates and the candidates' representatives, I feel like I have a say," she said.