It’s Caucasus night throughout Minnesota tonight.
Throughout the state, people will be joining their favorite tribe, dancing traditional their traditional folk dances, getting drunk on fermented goat milk, arranging marriages, and firing guns randomly into the air.
At the end of the evening, all the tribes will declare war on each other, duke it out, and adjourn til next year.
Hope to see you there.
UPDATE: Ooops. My bad. Tonight is Caucus night. Not Caucasus night. I regret the error.
Tonight’s the night the the four major parties in Minnesota (the GOP, the Independence, and the DFL/Take Action Minnesota) pick the delegates that will lead to the endorsements to run for the major offices – Governor, Senate, and the various Congressional and State Legislative seats. If you don’t like the way your party is working, tonight’s the night to try to do something about it.
I’ve never been to a DFL caucus, but I know Republican caucuses are usually not a huge time investment, especially if you duck out before the endless debates over the meaningless resolutions. Which I usually do.
If you’re new to caucuses, here’s the deal: the point is not to write resolutions about issues that matter to you. It’s to get people who support your candidates for the various offices – Governor, Senate, Congress, the Legislature – elected as delegates to the various rounds of conventions.
- If you get selected as a delegate tonight, you’ll go to your “BPOU Convention” – that usually means your legislative House or Senate district, although in outstate Minnesota it might mean your county party convention – in March. Those usually happen on a weekday evening, an hour or two. No big deal. There, you’ll endorse legislative candidates, and elect delegates to go to your…
- …Congressional District convention, in (I think) April. They usually eat up a Saturday morning. There, you’ll endorse people to run for Congress, and elect delegates to the…
- State Convention, in May, in Rochester. This eats up a couple days. There, the delegates that are at the end of the chain will endorse candidates for Governor and Senator.
It seems convoluted – but it makes sense, more or less. To the extent the “Ron Paul” faction took over the GOP two years ago, or the Tea Party four years ago, or Michele Bachmann did it in the 6th CD eight years ago, they did it by getting their people out to caucuses and electing delegates that moved up the chain and elected more delegates. That’s pretty much it.
(On the DFL side, the conventions are run according to a system designed for utmost political correctness, so they are long and grueling, and lead to a series of conventions that end in the endorsement of candidates who will then lose in the primaries to whomever Alida Messinger and Take Action Minnesota support).
For further information on where and when your party’s caucuses are:
Hope to see you there!