Marianne Capra: Caucus fever
February 3, 2008
Steamboat SpringsSteamboat Springs — It's hard to say which I am more revved up about – the birth of my next daughter, or the Colorado caucus for president, both of which are expected to happen this Tuesday. — It's hard to say which I am more revved up about – the birth of my next daughter, or the Colorado caucus for president, both of which are expected to happen this Tuesday.
Steamboat Springs — It’s hard to say which I am more revved up about – the birth of my next daughter, or the Colorado caucus for president, both of which are expected to happen this Tuesday.
I know that may sound nuts to you, unless you know two things about me. The first is that I grew up in Iowa, where presidential election fervor is bred into you. I distinctly recall the 1988 caucus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when Richard Gere shook my hand, asked if I was 18 years old (“Yes! At last!” I whispered) and, with a twinkle in his blue eyes, sincerely implored me to vote. Uh … for his candidate, whom I can no longer remember who that was but I have participated in every single pre-presidential event (state caucus or primary) since.
Yes, I got hooked early in life that my opinion and vote mattered. Of course I vote in November, too, but it’s the pre-nomination vote – the caucus or primary – that really matters to me. I love watching the sea of candidates get whittled down through the months, especially knowing that I had a say in it all.
The second reason I might be just a tiny bit more excited about the Colorado caucus than the birth of my new baby is that, well, last time labor lasted more than two days, so you get the picture.
I am writing to you today – when I should be napping, or washing receiving blankets, or reading books to my toddler – because I wish to implore my fellow citizens of Routt County to show up Tuesday. Especially all of you new to voting: the races are so close this year that every person’s participation will most definitely matter. If you are a registered Republican or Democrat (unfortunately, Colorado state law precludes registered independents), you are eligible to participate in the caucus, which will take about an hour or so.
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I hope to see you there. I’ll be the one with the really big belly, or the newborn cradled in my arms. In whichever case, I hope she catches some of the patriotic spirit I did as a little one.