As I've previously diaried, life in my Indiana home for the last 4 months has been a bit tense. My wife and I have supported opposing candidates for the Democratic nomination since this whole thing started. She's been an avid Clinton supporter from the beginning. I cast my lot with Obama early, and rarely looked back (OK, I had some hope Gore would jump in). Out of respect for each other, we implicitly agreed not to try to convince each other to change the other's vote. Being a political junkie, it has been difficult to say the least to abide by this unspoken agreement. Tonight however, two days before the Indiana primary we finally addressed the 800 pound gorilla that has been living in our house for months.
Over dinner, as our two-year-old sang and babbled, my wife looked at me and said, "You know I'm not sure what I'me going to do on election day." My heart skipped a beat. She had attended several Clinton rallies here in town, but also saw Obama speak twice. As recently as last week, she had said she still plans to vote for Hillary.
I looked at her after her statment at the dinner table and asked exactly what she meant. She said she still supports Hillary, but she realizes that she has lost this thing. She said she wants this to be over, and that she has been really bothered by how negative she has been recently. She even admitted that the race was really over after February 5th. She just wants to win in November. She said she really
My wife was as strong a Clinton supporter as any I've known. The fact that she is now on the fence is fascinating. I can't be sure, but I honestly believe she'll be casting her vote for Barack this Tuesday. I obviously can't know how much this is happening elsewhere around the state, but this one anecdote gives me some confidence and, dare I say, hope.