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Saturn Smith
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MARCH 11, 2012 3:54AM

The good news about the Kansas Caucuses

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Here's something to feel a little more cheery about after hearing tonight's Kansas GOP caucus results: Of the approximately 1.7 million registered voters in Kansas, just under 30,000 showed up to tonight's caucuses. That means that only 1.7 percent of those registered to vote participated today, and only .89 percent of the voters (15,290 total) actually said "aye" to Rick Santorum.

Here's a list of things in Kansas that include about as many or more individuals than the caucuses for Rick Santorum:

  • The town of Great Bend (pop. 15,345)
  • The capacity of Allen Fieldhouse (~16,300)
  • Number of school children who visit the Sedgwick County Zoo every year (40,000)
  • Number of people who requested a Kansas Visitors Guide online in 2010 (23,396)
  • One day's attendance at the State Fair (roughly 35,000 a day)
  • Students at Hutchinson Community College (16,000)
  • Undergraduate students at Kansas State University (19,000)
  • Number of people who filed an initial claim for unemployment in Decemeber (sad but true: 23,985)
  • Number of Kansans who've lost jobs from Boeing in the last 10 years (also sad but true: ~15,000).
  • Number of people who work in airplane (or related) manufacturing in Wichita (44,000)
  • Number of people who work in information services statewide (27,800)
  • Current inmates and parolees of the Kansas Department of Corrections (15,214)
  • Circulation numbers for the Lawrence Journal-World (19,000)
  • Breeding pairs of ducks statewide (20,000)
  • And finally, this one's fun: Number of people who caucused for Barack Obama in 2008 (27,172)

Anyway, I think it's nice to remember that a very, very, very small part of the population met today to cast their votes. (Total number of votes cast in 2008's general presidential election: 1,235,858).

To the tiny sliver of Kansans who participated in the caucuses in my home state tonight: Clearly, you're the loudest voices in the room today, and I do applaud you for showing up to vote. I'm not surprised by the caucus results, but it doesn't mean I'm not sad to again see the state listed as a given for anyone who can throw together a sentence with "values" somewhere in it.

To everyone else: Kansas really isn't this crazy all the time.

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massive voter turnout
I wonder if anyone has ever posed the question "What's the matter with Kansas?"
All true, Saturn. But I wasn't terribly surprised those that showed up chose Santorum. The one good thing about the current GOP is that they kick the S*** out of the lazy claim "Oh there's no difference between the parties." It makes it much easier to convince people they have a lot to lose in terms of terrible policies if someone like Santorum wins. And that makes getting out the vote a lot easier.

But GOTV all the way in November! rated
Sorry, I can't take much comfort in this because I recall another number. In 2000, just short of 60,000,000 of our good citizens cast their vote for a doddering old man and a bimbo. That was despite eight years of the worst Republican President in American History.
Other than the remnants of the state's participation in the military-industrial complex, the farm bill, and the perceived threat from those dastardly liberals — Run away! Run away! — most of Kansas is pretty well insulated from national politics. Not much changes from president to president, even though most Kansans apparently belief W was a good one and Obama is a bad one.
Some of my best friends came from Kansas. They came from Kansas and never went back, for obvious reasons. Yikes.
that is good news saturn. i heard recently a fundie was asked to give the invocation at the statehouse in kansas but when he turned it into a diatribe the legislators walked out on him. it takes awhile for common sense to take hold, but we can never take it for granted. i think you know what i mean. take this presidential election for granted and they will win.
Shiral, yes, the division is soooo much clearer now (though in Kansas, it's always been pretty clear).

Tom, I have that same numerical fear and loathing.
Caucuses are time-consuming and don't take place all day, so you can't nip out on your lunch hour and caucus. You've got to give up several hours of your evening, and my guess is that wailing babies and whiney kids aren't welcome.
He got the Phelps vote. And a few creationists. It doesn't mean much.
The crazy people are always the ones that are most enthusiastic about pushing their fringe beliefs. Folks with moderate views better get a little more involved in the political process, or they will find a lot of laws getting passed that they disagree with.
People are not voting and it is good news?

O in this case would it be good news if they did vote?

If not they need to be educated much better from the beginning instead of being brought up on one form of propaganda or another, in this case mostly religious and judging by many of the stories about Kansas it wouldn't be much better for now if they did vote, which should be considered a serious problem in a so-called democracy.
People are not voting and it is good news?

O in this case would it be good news if they did vote?

If not they need to be educated much better from the beginning instead of being brought up on one form of propaganda or another, in this case mostly religious and judging by many of the stories about Kansas it wouldn't be much better for now if they did vote, which should be considered a serious problem in a so-called democracy.
What a great way to put things in perspective!
I'm sorry but Kansas is crazy all the time and I can prove it in three words: "Governor Sam Brownback."
Do you have statistics from this year presidential election?

Thanks!

Ben: Trouver une baignoire
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