So after more than two hours of various arcane procedural rules, mysterious calculations of delegate assignments, and repeated head counts (yes, head counts), we finally left our local caucus, only to find out that Obama had already been declared the winner. Hooray for democracy in action.
But I must say, there is something really refreshing about experiencing the purest form of American participatory democracy. Sure it's complicated, inconvenient, and disenfranchises thousands of people at work and in war zones, but I doubt that's any worse than rigged electronic voting machines.
And besides, it is just so damn exciting to be in the middle of what feels like a defining moment in American history. It's almost enough to exorcise the cynic in me.