Steve Benen linked today to a Des Moines Register piece about how the Iowa caucuses work, and when I clicked through I found this graphic:
And there you have it. In one unintentionally funny graphic, the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
On a more serious note, I see that the Republican caucus really doesn’t work the same way as it does on the Democratic side. Here’s the Republican version:
- Show up at your precinct.
- Elect a caucus chairman, take care of “general business.”
- Mark a ballot.
So aside from having to listen to a bit of dull throat clearing and possible electioneering before voting, is there really anything left that makes this a caucus and not just a primary? It sure doesn’t sound like it.