Even as Iowa's Republicans seek to shut down dissent at their caucuses, its citizens are organizing on multiple fronts to open up the caucuses of both parties, and in so doing open up American politics so that it responds to the 99%. This is change to believe in.
More democracy, more people-powered politics, more diversity in our discourse: It's what's needed to move beyond crisis and complacency and build the America that can be.
Dubuque—Iowa caucus voters have frequently rejected announced candidates and chosen uncommitted delegate slates.
It’s a way of protesting the paucity of appealing candidates, and of maintaining options as the race evolves.
Since the caucuses became a national phenomenon in the 1970s, “Uncommitted” slates have won two Democratic contests and secured a second place finish as recently as 1992. Republican contests have frequently featured credible finishes by “Uncommitted” slates and “No Preference” votes—in 1988, they beat Alexander Haig; in 1980, they beat Bob Dole.