Following up on my own post this morning:
SF Weekly’s the Snitch compared the lineup to a local caucus to that for The Phantom Menace. Combined with a heat wave, it also made for interesting smells:
Sunday’s confluence of Arizona-type weather, the stress of a contested election and scads of tightly packed bodies led the caucus floor to be permeated by the pungent mixture of sweat and Old Spice. The temperature in the cramped room was such that one would have expected to see elderly gentlemen in seersucker suits lazily fanning themselves while enjoying sweet tea. In short, it wasn’t just hot, it was Atticus Finch hot.
And on the schedule for the speeches:
By the time the speeches were finished (final tally – “Change” was the more popular word than “Hope” by a 4-3 count), perhaps 95 percent of those casting votes had already done so. This is, most certainly, a curious way to do things. But, when you think about it, the whole idea of voting for delegates is curious.
Frank D. Russo of the California Progress Report attended the 9th Congressional District caucus for Obama in Oakland, where 980 candidates competed for four delegate spots:
Attendees had to navigate their way through delegate candidates with signs, literature, spiels, and in some cases cookies, to get a ballot… in what was a lovefest with not a harsh word said by a single person and folks fired up to do whatever it takes to win in November.
Ayelet Waldman, author and wife of Michael Chabon, along with UC Berkely grad Jenn Pae, attorney Fred Feller, and former El Cerrito City Councilman Mark Friedman won the District’s delegate positions.
In Los Angeles’ Century City area, 649 people showed up at a community center on a cloudless, unusually hot afternoon to vote at an Obama caucus, where 87 people were vying for three delegate slots.
In brief speeches to the crowd, a few candidates alluded to the disruption over the ballots, which prompted complaints about fairness and openness until reversed by the campaign
I’m still looking for reports from Clinton caucuses… if anyone finds any, please leave a note in the comments or drop me an email.