Oh, actually I could. I spent 4 years in Richmond, Indiana, earning a B.A. in Political Science at a small liberal arts college. I haven’t been back since, only because it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. I mean, I can’t even pretend to swing by there on my way somewhere else. It’s one of the reasons I chose to go there in the first place.
I think I’ve mentioned before, I grew up “inside the beltway,” and have always hated that phrase. It disparages an entire population of hardworking dedicated public servants like my dad, who worked for the Federal government his entire life, started with his enlisting as a private in 1944, and ending with his retirement from the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (yes, I come from old wonk stock).
Back to Indiana … I just don’t think it gets much more “America” than Indiana. This is a state that has just about every cross section, with rural areas and industrial cities, progressive liberals and strict conservatives. Its a place where the most important event in May (until this year, perhaps) is the Indianapolis 500. NASCAR before NASCAR was cool, man. When I was 18, I just wanted to spend time away from the D.C. area, and little did I know how far away I was going. Not geographically, but in just about every other sense. I mean, I went from watching the D.C. evening news cover world politics as the majority of their reports, to the Richmond Saturday morning hog reports. Seriously.
So it’s very interesting to me to see how much attention is being paid to this state now, and to see how the polls are going. A poll by WTHR in Indianapolis found that the swing voter in this election may be the “undecideds,” who are at 21% of those polled. I know there are several readers here with connections to Indiana, and I’d be really interested to know what you think about tomorrow’s primary.