Thursday, July 15, 2010
Journey To Blue Documents Indiana's Historic Change
By Jon E. Easter
Friend of the blog and former Indiana State Party Chairman, Kip Tew, has penned a book on Indiana's national role in the 2008 General Election. Journey to Blue is now out, and you can pick up a copy here.
Presidential elections used to be pretty cut and dry here in Indiana. When I was growing up in the late 70's and 80's, it used to be a joke. The polls closed here at 6:00 p.m., and the state was typically the first to be called red and in the Republican column on election night. That all changed in November 2008 when Indiana immediately went into the too close to call column. Instead of being the first state called, it was one of the last to be called as Barack Obama nosed out John McCain by just 28,391 votes or a little over 1 percentage point.
Tew, of course, had a front seat view as Indiana's Senior Adviser to the Obama campaign. His views and insights on how Indiana changed colors on the electoral map should be a very interesting read.
2008 was so much fun for political Hoosiers, and it seems that 2010 has brought us back into the eye of the political storm with close Congressional races in the 8th and 9th Districts and a U.S. Senate race that's tightening.
I honestly wonder if Obama will be able to hold the state in 2012, but I hope he will fight here again. His grassroots efforts were extremely critical in getting folks involved that had never been involved before. Conventional wisdom says 2012 will be tougher sledding in Indiana for the President, but you never know what's going to happen between now and November 2012.
For now, enjoy the ride, enjoy the book, and congratulations to my friend Kip on getting it out and published. Much success!