Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Northern Indiana has "growing importance in national politics"?

A blog on, First Read, has a post from yesterday about Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to speak at commencement. It's created quite a stir in the Catholic community, as this blog post from Catholic News Service reports.

The interesting part for us in Fort Wayne is a short analysis about national politics and northern Indiana:

"The president’s decision to speak at Notre Dame also highlights the growing importance of northern Indiana in national politics. In the 2004 election, former President George W. Bush defeated Sen. John Kerry by two points in St. Joseph’s County (where Notre Dame is located).
"In 2008, Obama defeated McCain by 17 points, helping the Hoosier State go blue for the first time since 1968.
"When President Obama wanted to hold a town hall on the economy to discuss his stimulus package, he visited Elkhart, an Indiana town 15 miles from the Fightin’ Irish campus.  ..."

Given how much I've seen Mike Pence on the news lately, we may have a North vs. South situation on our hands.

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