caucus race

caucus race

1. Any event or activity that requires a great amount of time, energy, and commitment, but which is or is considered to be ultimately futile or arbitrary. A reference to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in which everyone in the Caucus race runs around in a circle and then suddenly wins a prize—thus serving no real purpose at all. We were all told that the essay had to cover everything we had learned during the course. But in the end, it was just a caucus race because it didn't even affect our final grade.
2. An event, system, or activity that benefits all parties involved. Also a reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Fair trade competition between our countries will establish itself as a caucus race, as the increased commerce will help bolster both countries' economies.
3. A political competition between members of the same party, as for the candidacy to run in an election or a position within the party's infrastructure. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. The caucus race before the election highlighted the candidates' fundamental differences.
See also: race
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Among specific topics are a seahorse for all races, our unusual unity, the dodo in the Caucus race, non-overlapping magisterial, and the triumph of root-heads.
Liverpool Theatre School student Jamie Barwood has been brought in as choreographer, creating a dance number that tells the Caucus race episode, during which Alice runs an absurd race against a flock of birds of all shapes and sizes.
Apart from grinning cats, murderous queens and mad hatters, she also meets a baby that turns into a pig, a couple of twins who can't stop arguing and a mouse and a dodo who insists that she take part in a Caucus race.
And if you don't know what a Caucus race is then you might want to think about joining what is being promised is an evening of absolute nonsense with Off The Ground''s latest production.
So they followed a dream of jobs and wealth down a rabbit hole, encountered multiple sets of locked legislative doors, and finally found themselves in a kind of caucus race, circling the track and one another with no clear purpose or winner.
Gordon Brown is obviously Wonderland's Caucus Race.
In next year's A-level caucus race, the pass rate must be 100% at least.
Layla Dawson has heroically dived headfirst into the filthy maelstrom to find herself surrounded by creatures at least as bizarre as those encountered by Alice in the Caucus Race, but they are, for the most part, a great deal more nasty and less endearing than Lewis Carroll's characters.
Stratford District Council chairman John Winterburn has organised a caucus race in aid of his two charities, Temple Grafton Church roof and the Leprosy Mission.
LONDON -- The IGCN (International Corporate Governance Network), will debate principles of best practice on executive remuneration at its eighth Annual General Meeting in Milan from 10-12 July, following the publication of a report by its Sub-Committee on Executive Remuneration entitled "Executive Remuneration -- The Caucus Race.
He said he got the idea from the dodo's caucus race in the children's book.
The Pool of Tears features a "pool" that guests may "swim" through and a recreation of the famous caucus race.