Notes from the Kansas GOP Caucus

I just got back from attending the Kansas Republican caucus for Sedgwick and Butler Counties, conducted in the Century II convention center in downtown Wichita. The caucus was scheduled to begin at 10:00, but attendees were urged to arrive before 9:00. At 10:00, officials announced that over 3,000 were in the auditorium, and the line outside was still several blocks long. So they delayed the start awhile to let everyone get in.

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Kansans tend to be a taciturn bunch, so there was not a lot of the raucous shouting and foot-stomping that accompanies political gatherings elsewhere.

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Still, it was obvious that many folks came to this event with passion for their candidates, and the Republican Party in general. Rep. Todd Tiahart (R-KS) brought the crowd to their feet several times with a rousing reminder of why this country cannot afford a Democrat in the White House.

As expected, the Ron Paul crowd wins the Spirit Award for the greatest number of campaign posters and most eccentric outfits.

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The Huckabee contingent was almost as loud, but apparently the Huckabee campaign is having a little cash crunch, judging from this photo.

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After all the speeches and hoopla were done, it was time to get down to business and cast our votes.

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An interesting side story: I sat next to a middle-aged woman who has two sons serving in the U. S. Army. One, an officer, just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. The other, an enlisted man, is still there. She confirmed what I have heard so often from others who have loved ones in harm’s way in this war. Those who serve are fully committed to the rightness of our mission there. The worst thing this country could do would be to yank these warriors out of Iraq before the job is completed. As much as this mother wanted her sons home safe and sound, she was more concerned that they come home with honor, having accomplished what they were sent to do. She was at this caucus to prevent a surrender Democrat from besmirching the honor of her sons. God bless her!

On the way out of the convention center, I snapped this photo. This is what it’s all about.

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One response to “Notes from the Kansas GOP Caucus

  1. According to the demographics, I should be voting for Hillary Clinton: I’m a white, 60-year-old, highly educated woman from the Northeast. But I’m voting for Obama. I’ve waited all my life for a viable woman candidate for the presidency, but this is not the right woman. I want a woman of the highest ability and virtue, who would serve as a glorious role model to all young women. Hillary Clinton is not that woman.
    She rode into power with her husband, and together they’ve acquired a long and seriously flawed history of self-serving and secretive financial and political dealings. The most cursory research will prove that true. She started out her political life supporting the racist Barry Goldwater. She is as comfortable with deception and trickery as George Bush. When I hear woman saying, “Oh, but that’s how you get things done in Washington,” I literally cringe.
    I am passionately supporting Barack Obama. He can beat the Republicans; she cannot. Obama has attracted Independents and even Republicans to his camp, and in a general election they would vote for him, but not for Clinton. Clinton voted for the war, and has never apologized for it. Obama has spoken out against it from the beginning. Obama brings us hope–and not just that. Take a serious look at his ideas and experience.
    Please, I beg of you, Sisters young and old: wait for the right woman. Then we can be proud.

    Diane Wald

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