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Photo Gallery: The 29th District Delegate Caucus, or "Oh! The Humidity!"

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There's a primary afoot and, if reports from all over the country can be believed, voter turnout in every state has consistently exceeded expecations. That ought to come as no surprise, considering that we're still talking about it, instead of fending off the latest iteration of Swift boating. Ordinarily, by this point in the game the remaining primaries would be mere formalities, Kabuki performances held mainly to support the pretense that the people who bother voting after Super Tuesday actually matter. Because, you know, democracy and freedom and the greatest country on earth and so forth. Then we just kind of sit around until the convention, which is generally more of a coronation than an actual ratification process. With hookers. Later, the Democrats lose because good is dumb.

This year, for the first time in a generation, things might not be settled until the end of the convention. It could take bargaining and cajoling activities and actual politicking to figure this out. I saw evidence of this with my own eyes on Sunday, April 13th, when I dropped in on the 29th District's Delegate Caucus. Adam Schiff's constituents went for Obama in the Primary, and they get to send two delegates to the convention in Denver. 398 people showed up to cast their votes among nearly 30 candidates. If that sounds like a paltry number, you'd be right, until you bear in mind that in 2004, the 29th's delegates were selected by approximately 40 people. It was packed, it was busy, and it was extremely hot.

Here then, for your enjoyment, is photographic proof.

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Love it or hate it, the upswell in participation is pretty damned inspiring. I haven't seen anything like this in my lifetime and I suspect, I might not again. It's sad that it's taken 8 years of Republican policies to inspire it, but at least it's here. Finger's crossed, it'll be enough to make sure we don't get for more years of it.