Democracy's Rewarding. And Dull.
Just got back from my caucus at Eduardo Mata Elementary School in East Dallas, where 99 people showed up (approximately one third of our voter turnout). Personally I was hoping for some more fireworks -- you know, a couple of thrown chairs, some screaming, angry protesters, passionate arguments about the filmography of Rob Reiner, etc. -- but everything was very civil; just a bunch of neighbors getting together for some old-fashioned democracy.
We all showed up around 7:15 (save for two stragglers at 8), split into a couple of alphabetical lines in the library and made our mark. That part took a while, because old people write slowly and have trouble reading small type, but once the votes were counted, we were split in to two groups to assign delegates, a fairly quick process for the 37 of us in the minority (the other side could still be up there).
As far as I could tell, it was also a room full of real, honest-to-goodness Democrats, with any line-crossing Republicans strictly on the down-low and absolutely none of the fabled undecided caucus-goers. And I really, really (really) wanted to see one. More than anything. --Noah W. Bailey