This afternoon, one of the candidates running for president of the United States of America made a campaign stop at the same fire station where I will vote tomorrow. The candidate is not my first choice for president, but I did go down the street and stood on the curb for two hours to try to catch a glimpse of Hillary Rodham Clinton. I did hear her speech from outside and the introduction by Indiana's handsome Senator Evan Bayh.
Even though those of us standing outside the fire station did not actually meet Senator Clinton, I did enjoy the camaraderie and exuberance shared by my fellow constituents. And even though I will cast my vote tomorrow for Barack Obama, I was interested in Hillary's speech. If my first choice, Senator Obama, does not win the nomination, I will definitely be voting for Hillary in November.
Generally, because party candidates are usually selected before May, the Indiana primary has little or no bearing on the selection of national candidates. However, this year Indiana's voice or at least the voice of the democratic electorate will be heard and may make a difference in the outcome of the nomination of the Democratic candidate. Both candidates and their spouses have made several visits to our usually forgotten state.
On the eve of the Indiana primary, this interest in our state and the fact that my party is about to select a woman or an African-American male to be the nominee of the Democratic party encourages me, refreshes me, and inspires me.