Part of that feeling comes from seeing my candidate lose in a huge way. The caucusers in my precinct went for Obama 3-to-1 today.
And that's fine. I think it's the wrong choice, but not as bad as it could be. I think Obama has attacked health care reform in a way that poisons the well.
I also can't say I'm much impressed with his rhetoric of bipartisanship; I just don't find it all that realistic.
Whatever. If he wins the nomination, I'll vote for him happily. He's not wonky enough, but he's a better candidate that Kerry.
Still, the caucus process was sincerely annoying. The building was packed, stuffy and crushingly hot; the emphasis was more on party activism/donations/recruitment than on our choices; the speaker who "explained the caucus" spent 20 minutes going over bureaucratic droning; when we had a chance to talk to each other, no one could hear.
I was allowed to make a little speech to try and sway voters. You know how much time I had? 20 seconds. No, I'm not kidding. I wished I'd had time for a sound bite.
And then one of the Obama supporters who spoke after me tried to sway us away from "Clinton decadence." That dude needed to have a beer dumped over his head.
WA is going strongly for Obama and at the time I write this, Clinton has only won a single jurisdiction out of, well, a lot. Thems the breaks,
But I don't think I'm going to do that again.