Marc Ambinder has the story.  It seems to me that there are some real consequences to this.

First, doesn’t an exciting win (say Mike Huckabee or Fred Thompson) or a blowout by Mitt Romney get buzz-killed by the probably-more-interesting Democratic race? Is one real day of news about the GOP race going to be enough?

Second, doesn’t the Dem caucus being on a Saturday fundamentally change who shows up? Doesn’t Barack Obama have a "turn out the kids" strategy on a Saturday afternoon that you just can’t do on a Tuesday night? And isn’t union turnout higher?



Paul8148 · October 8, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Also Jan 14 was the first day of second semster. On Jan 3 or Jan 5 the students will be all over the state and many out of state the day of the vote. Very hard to orgizane.

eye · October 8, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Paul. Thank you. That’s an excellent point.

neil · October 8, 2007 at 4:37 PM

When I was in college I was registered to vote (properly, I think) in the state I lived in when college was out, not the state I went to college in. Maybe this is really uncommon, but if it isn’t, it might mean there are more college caucus-goers.

eye · October 8, 2007 at 4:54 PM


His point is that they may not be there. You need to participate in a caucus in the precinct that you are registered to vote in. That’s tough.


neil · October 8, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Sure, but conversely, if they’re registered at home, they will be able to go to the caucus, whereas they wouldn’t have been able to go in years past, when it would’ve been held while they were away at school. Which is more common?

eye · October 9, 2007 at 11:47 AM

Good point. However, these kids are probably organized on the campuses, not at home. Hmmm. Interesting logistical problem. » Blog Archive » Race 4 2008 Afternoon Essential Reads · October 8, 2007 at 4:03 PM

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