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Opening Arguments

Sign of the times

Republican Mike Sodrel has decided to enter Indiana's 9th District congressional race, so there'll be a fifth straight matchup between Sodrel and incumbent Democrat Baron Hill. Hill is up 3-1 in the first four races, and in his favor this time is the fact that President Obama carried Indiana for the first time since LBJ. But Obama's numbers are slidding, and his agenda has become more unpopular here, so maybe that gives Sodreal a good chance. According to the politics and government blog of The New York Times:

So if Mr. Hill ultimately faces an extraordinary fifth showdown with Mr. Sodrel, the outcome will become at least a partial referendum on the president. It may also offer an early sign of Mr. Obama's own political strength and his prospects for once again carrying Indiana, a state that he has often said was his favorite red-to-blue story of the 2008 campaign.

But there's a chance we're going to see "an early sign of Mr. Obama's own political strength" a lot sooner than that. Even if Democrat Martha Coakley holds on to win the special election in Massachusettes, the fact that there is even speculation that Republican Scott Brown has a chance at Teddy Kennedy's that seat is


tim zank
Wed, 01/13/2010 - 7:45pm

My guess is, after this fiasco (4 years of Obamanomics), Indiana won't be going "blue" again in a Presidential race for a long time.

Things ain't that "hopey-changey" these days here in hoosierland.

Andrew J.
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 4:08pm

Next time you Obama-haters go bashing Democrats, consider this :
Sen. Evan Bayh, who nearly became Barack Obama

tim zank
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 6:42pm

He voted against the Precedent when it was politically safe to do so. Evan Bayh is the most noncommittal politician on the planet. He only get's vocal around election time, and the White House gives him (and all the other Dems in red states) a pass.

He's got great hair though! Almost silky pony kind of good hair!