It is worth noting that President Gerald Ford vetoed the ’74 expansion [of the Freedom of Information Act], on the advice of Donald Rumsfeld, his chief of staff; Rumsfeld’s assistant, Richard Cheney; and the Justice Department’s chief counsel, Antonin Scalia. Congress overrode the veto.
OMG. Watching the Couric interview on Youtube from Manila… Palin actually is even worse than Quayle was. What’s crystal clear from the interview is that Katie Couric is far more qualified to be VP than Sarah Palin.
Just got back from my first ever caucus and it’s very very cool. Massive turnout at the Madrona Elementary School – far beyond expectations and, as it turns out, the capacity of the school. A worried-sounding principal-type voice came on at one point encouraging people to leave if they had signed in and registered their vote for a candidate.
People were friendly and a buzz of excitement was all over the school, with nary an uncommitted person to be found. It was interesting to be hanging out with 100+ of my neighbors (for precinct 1886 of WA legislative district 37), all there to do the caucus thing. Also weird to be in an elementary school for the first time in a long time.
Some notes I jotted down along the way:
Suspected based on stickers etc to see a heavy Barack leaning in the district, and that did end up being the case in my precinct
Big applause for “i’m just looking outside and i think everybody came today” by the coordinator dude
Surprisingly organized – there must have been a few thousand people at the school. It worked like this: find the caucus location online, show up and park, stand in line to get into the school, find my precinct on a map, note precinct number, find precinct number on school map, go find precinct in large gym, sign in with name etc and candidate choice, then hang out for a while
The whole thing started with the Pledge of Allegiance which has freaked me out since I was a youth and still does to this day
The three-tier delegate selection process – of which the precinct caucuses today were just the first step – seems awfully confusing. I am gonna be pissed if the superdelegates end up making the choices, btw
Guy reading rules talked (from script) about affirmative action and when he got to the phrase “sexual orientation” a big “woooo!” rang out from an unseen queen somewhere in the crowd
Overheard in my precinct: “I was leaning toward Hillary this morning until I talked to you… just don’t tell my son”. Very cool, seems that’s the point of the caucuses
The actual process once started: voted in the volunteer precinct leader, who had appointed a minutes-taker and a tally-taker. Leader read the rules again, then tally guy did the initial counting from the sign-in sheets… with everyone watching. They announced the preliminary results: 87 for Obama, 18 for Hillary, and 1 uncommitted
“OK, where’s the uncommitted? Get him up against the wall!”
Then we had time for 1 minute candidate speeches: one speechmaker for Hillary, and one for Obama… very cool to see regular people willing to jump up and talk about the candidates. That was followed by discussion time when you could try to change people’s votes… I left at that point, having seen enough to be really excited and educated and also I was hungry for lunch.
Final note: the Obama speechmaker talked about healthcare (he’s a recent medschool grad) and other things and wrapped up by talking about how having 24 consecutive years of two families seemed a bit third-world to him and how would that look to the rest of the country…