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Among the rural burgs are mostly-black cities such as Gary — essentially a suburb of Obama’s hometown of Chicago — and areas with growing Latino populations such as Elkhart County, where they account, on average, for 30 percent of the enrollment in its two largest school districts.
And then there is the paradox that is Indianapolis, with its mix of corporate headquarters, statehouse bureaucracies, auto factories, warehouses, farming communities, and suburbs. It is one of the Republicans’ few urban strongholds and one of the state’s most powerful Democratic machines — as blue-collar as is it urban sophisticate.
Though the state’s political and social culture is notoriously hidebound, it can also be dynamic and cosmopolitan. Younger voters support a wide spectrum of ideas, from gay marriage to privatization of government services. This made for the kind of conditions in which Obama can compete, if not always win outright. When Obama spoke on Monday at the American Legion Mall in Indianapolis to a throng of thousands, it was clear that many Hoosiers have come to embrace him.
Obama’s performance in Indiana shows that he can be competitive in the general election. So Clinton will now have to either develop a new game plan or just bow out gracefully, as she should. But she won’t.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?