Iowa caucus memories open thread

A year ago tonight, nearly 240,000 Iowans spent a couple of hours in overcrowded rooms during the Democratic precinct caucuses.

Thousands of others came to freezing cold Iowa to knock on doors or make phone calls for their presidential candidate in late December and early January.

Share any memories you have about caucusing or volunteering in this thread.

After the jump I re-posted my account of what happened at my own caucus.

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NY-Sen: "Officials" Say The Seat Is Caroline's

Caroline Kennedy should be thanking the Rod & Ron show for hogging all the Senate appointment freakshow oxygen and making this report from The AP feel inconsequential by comparison.

Officials say the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy will be the governor's choice to fill the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Two people close to Gov. David Paterson tell The Associated Press they believe Caroline Kennedy will be his choice, but the governor cautions he's still looking.

That's what Patterson would say, of course, since he has vowed not to announce his pick until after Hillary Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State but it's not insignificant that behind the scenes, some resistance to Caroline seems to be waning.

Meantime, despite early reservations, New York state's most powerful legislative leader tells the New York Post he'll support Kennedy. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll work for her election.

All things considered, it's hard not to think Kennedy's appointment to the Senate is essentially a done deal and Patterson's decision was made much easier by Blagojevich's stunt the other day.

Update [2009-1-2 12:18:58 by Todd Beeton]:And speaking of US Senate appointments we'd almost forgotten about, Gov. Bill Ritter will reportedly announce his pick to replace outgoing CO Senator Ken Salazar tomorrow.

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"I've Spent A Lifetime Fighting Against Ronald Reagan's Policies"

TPM has compiled their top 10 videos of the 2008 presidential campaign and I can't help but look back somewhat fondly on their #10 entry. This clip was from the Jan. 21 debate among Hillary, Barack and John Edwards and represented perhaps the most pointed back and forth between Clinton and Obama in any debate of the cycle. If I recall correctly, neither of them came out of this debate smelling like a rose but I gained some admiration for Barack even though I was already at this point in Hillary's camp. He showed himself to be a real fighter and he finally issued an indictment of the right wing in his admission -- one that Hillary Clinton essentially dragged out of him -- that the policies of Ronald Reagan were indeed bad ones. As difficult as the primary was on many levels, I'll always look back fondly on the time I spent blogging it -- all the debates and those Tuesday night primaries; I can't imagine we'll ever see anything quite like it ever again.

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Joe Biden To Help Hillary Clinton Retire Debt

Vice President-elect Biden will be headlining an upcoming fundraiser to help Hillary Clinton retire the remainder of her campaign debt. Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Bob Casey will be there as well.

Per Ben Smith:

Hillary Clinton's debt relief project (or, as the reader who spotted this referred to it, the Mark Penn Restitution Fund) will get a boost from Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 7.

He and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will headline a Philadelphia fundraiser for her that day.

The big guns are coming out as the time remaining for Clinton to raise money toward her debt dwindles. Jon Bon Jovi is helping out as well.

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Sexism: The mother of all 'isms'.

Sexism is the 'gateway 'ism'', that makes all other 'isms' possible.  It precedes all other forms of discrimination, setting the example that there are some people that view others as inferior and they use brutality upon them.  What I mean by that is that because our family and society models are built around the model of inequality, injustice and brutality - we accept that behavior as normal.  So, too is racism, classism, speciesism and any other oppression by one group toward another.  The behaviors of sexism are the behaviors of bullying, injustice, intolerance and cruelty.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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