If you live in Minnesota and haven't been living under a rock of late, you should already be aware that the 2006 Precinct Caucuses will be held tomorrow night. The fun starts at 7pm and usually lasts for a couple of hours. You can find out what precinct you live in and where you will be meeting here.
Anyone at all interested in getting involved in politics at a grassroots level should attend their precinct caucus. It gives you a chance to meet your neighbors who share similar political views and provides an opportunity to have a real impact on the direction your party takes. If you so desire, it also is the easiest way to get involved in party politics at a much deeper level.
I attended my first caucus in 1998. Since then I've been a delegate or alternative at every congressional district and state party convention that's been held. I've been a BPOU chair and still serve on the executive committee of my senate district. Just because I showed up.
Finally, I'd like to throw out a challenge to all the conservatives out there who love to whine about how the GOP has abandoned them, but never want to get off their duffs and do something about it. You want the Republican Party to be more conservative? Show up at your caucus and make your voice heard. Instead of complaining, do something constructive.
It's true that the ship ain't gonna turned in one election cycle. Or maybe even two. But if you don't start trying to change course at some point, the party's never going to end up heading in the direction that you want. The time is now. The place is your precinct caucus. Show up.