I think I must have gone to the somnambulist caucus. It was at Grant Wood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, precinct #42. Another precinct was meeting up in the cafeteria somewhere, but we were down in a brightly lit little gym that also served as a theater. In the right hand front corner, a huge hand crank waited for somebody to pull up the basketball backboard to get a full view of the stage.
That wasn’t necessary on caucus night here, though. Wearing a red sweater, local realtor Ken Koch (pronounced “Cook”) shuffled to the microphone at the podium in front of the stage at exactly 7 p.m. and, after identifying himself as just a volunteer, said that as soon as everyone was signed in, they’d begin.
The crowd was young and old, families and couples, singles, a handful of toddlers and an all-male cluster of Ron Paul supporters. There was nary a person of color, except me (and I pass, so ... ) and barely a murmur in the room. The caucus was fairly full but far from packed.
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