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Friday, May 6, 2016

State primary may actually matter

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Hoosier voters should be pretty excited this year.

There's a good chance that the Indiana Primary, which takes place in May, could actually mean something this year.

In year's past, 2004 comes to mind, Indiana's primary has been a mere afterthought.

Think about it.

By May in 2004, it was well known that John Kerry and George W. Bush were running against each other.

This year, however, it looks like things are going to be clearly different.

Which actually makes the 2008 presidential election extremely exciting.

Back in 2004, heading into the primary season, Howard Dean was the big newsmaker.

Then came "The Scream."

No one is exactly sure what possessed him to do it, but Dean's run came to a quick end.

The proverbial thought heading into this week's primary in New Hampshire is that Barack Obama is the one to beat on the Democrat side.

Just a week ago, Obama was a blip on the Hillary Rodham Clinton radar.

It had been documented for weeks that Clinton was the clear favorite and that she was practically already in office. All she had to do was make the familiar trip to take her oath.

Then came Iowa. Obama tore into the Clinton fabric during the Iowa caucus and came away a victor.

But that does not make him the clear-cut favorite.

As I've said before, citizens want a leader. They want someone in the White House that can provide inspiration.

While Obama clearly has that going for him (his speeches are quite good), he still has some things going against him.

In particular, age and inexperience, which are basically one and the same.

Still, does that mean Clinton's time as First Lady and having been a senator for a state she had previously not lived in (which I still don't think is right) makes her the clear favorite?

After Iowa, it's really anyone's guess.

On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee came out of Iowa victorious, defeating Mitt Romney and John McCain fairly convincingly.

Still, most seem to think Huckabee is that good 'ole boy.

My only response to that is "so what?" I'm pretty sure our current president came from the good 'ole boy group. It worked for him when he was up for re-election, didn't it?

Huckabee's image has become fodder for the other candidates, but like Obama, he appears to be taking the high road.

Romney and McCain both seem to be the favorites in New Hampshire right now.

But there are people out there who are still pulling for Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani, who didn't put up a fight in Iowa, is still out there.

My thought is after skipping Iowa, Giuliani was left in the dust of the other candidates, who showed they cared what voters in that state had to say.

Giuliani, on the other hand, is betting on the farm and bigger states.

When candidates do that, it makes primaries, like ours, meaningless.

The point is there is no clear-cut favorite, on either side. Americans, however, need to see one move to the forefront soon.

But, with that in mind, less-famous primaries, like just about any of the ones that take place before or after Feb. 5, should matter this year.

Otherwise, the upcoming election may not be worth anything, as voters may choose between the lesser of two evils. Two candidates that managed to find their way to the forefront and may not have deserved it.