I’m sure that the turnout for today’s Democratica and Republican caucuses will
break crush previous records. The activity and frenzy for politics is at a level I haven’t experienced in a long time. Over 5K showed up for Hilary Clinton’s visit on Thursday night and 23K folks showed up to hear Obama at Key Arena on Friday morning. Crazy. Today as some of you know, caucuses were held throughout the State at 1pm.
Minhee and I participated in our local precinct caucus and as I expected, it was a frenzy. I was particularly excited that Minhee was able to particpate for the first time as a U.S. citizen. As for who we supported, we’re not telling as I shared yesterday in faith and politics. It was a little disappointing because it was somewhat disorganized. Our precinct didn’t have a PCO [precinct caucus officer?] so the group sought volunteers and went about the process and got the job done. Overall, a beautiful portrait of democracy at work. Isn’t democracy a wonderful thing?
And to give you some ideas how hectic things got, check out these pictures from one of the caucuses held at Q Cafe – a place I serve as the exec. director.I was worried before about the potential crowd and well, it was beyond what folks expected. They were expecting about 200 and over 400 folks showed up. But I was told by the staff that people were incredibly respectful and cooperative. And plus, I can guarantee you that this precinct served the best kickarse coffee in the entire Washington caucuses!
Every single crevice was used in the cafe and back offices:
And so, tables had to be set up outside in the parking lot:
And even after 1pm, the lines were out the doors and went at least a block or so to Dravus Street. And people kept coming.