Monday night's Democratic caucuses have gotten more discussion than usual off year caucuses because of the seven way primary for governor. As political blog readers know, Iowa law says that if no one gets 35% in the June primary, a convention settles the nomination.
I don't think that will happen; I expect an outcome like the 2014 Republican Senate primary where one candidate gets hot at the end. But multiple campaigns are prepping for the possibility.
people and campaigns are pushing for preference groups like we have at
presidential caucuses. This is not an automatic thing like it is in a
presidential year. Someone has to make a motion, and it only takes a
very small share of the room (15%) to force groups.
that the last thing Iowa Democrats need right now is literal division.
I also think that many - not all, but many - of those who are pushing preference groups do not have
the long term best interests of the Democratic Party in mind. There will be
people at the caucus who would rather repeal and replace the
Democratic Party than build it. And I have not devoted the last 27 years of my life, since literally the day I moved to the state, to the Iowa Democratic Party and the Johnson County Democrats only to watch us become the Occupy-Revolution Party. Issues are one thing, but that rhetorical style and those tactics cannot and will not win in this state and will set us even further back.
I long ago chose and endorsed my candidate for governor, for both policy and personal reasons, and nothing between now and primary day is going to shake my support for Nate Boulton.
But support for governor and caucus night behavior are different things. The important thing about caucus night is not preparing for an unlikely what-if scenario. It's building the party for the general election.
That's why I am not going
to vote to go to preference groups. If they happen, I will caucus as
Uncommitted, even though I have already decided to support Nate.
I ask all Iowa Democrats to join me. If a motion for groups is offered,
please do not support it. If they happen, no matter who you support or if you have not decided, please come over to the
Uncommitted corner with me.
Let's not divide on caucus night. Let's unite.