What a year it has been for Indiana’s 200th birthday as a member of the Union!
Come December 11, the Hoosier State will celebrate the day it was welcomes into the fold of the United States of America, thus claiming #19 forever. President James Madison was in office and signed the congressional resolution which certified, the Cornfield with its capitol in Corydon in the southern part of the state near the Ohio River as another star on the Grand Ole Flag, the Star Spangled Banner.
Now 200 years later, this bicentennial year has been one which has put the state in the national spotlight.
First there was the Indiana Republican Primary in May. The late date for Hoosiers to cast votes in primary race usually means that how the state votes has no relevance to the outcome of who becomes the nominee of either major party.
This year, that vote counted.
Hoosiers are the ones who put an end to the races of Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich to beat Donald Trump to become the GOP presidential nominee.
Even with an endorsement from Indiana’s sitting Governor Mike Pence, Cruz could not rally the troops. Trump walked away with the win.
Now days before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio which will vote Trump the official instead of presumptive presidential nominee, Indiana is capturing attention from coast to coast.
Although he backed Cruz in the primary, Pence is now on the shortest of lists and expected to be named tomorrow at 11 a.m. the running mate of Trump.
The news networks have remained transfixed on Indianapolis, camped out at the Governor’s Mansion, for two days now.
Newt Gingrich flew in to talk to Trump on Wednesday. Jeff Sessions flew in to talk to Trump as well. Chris Christie called in to talk with Trump.
The Trump family flew in and joined their father and step-mother for breakfast yesterday morning with Pence and his family.
Pence’s assistant campaign manager was spotted and interviewed on a plane ride to New York today for meetings at Trump headquarters.
Unlike when another Hoosier was tagged to eventually become Vice President, Dan Quayle who served with President George H.W. Bush, Pence is receiving kudos across the board.
When Quayle was named everyone was scratching their heads and asking who he was. Quayle became fodder for late night comedians.
Pence, on the other hand, is considered to be a safe, smart pick if he is indeed chosen to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate.
From the Cornfield, as you can see the Indiana State flag is torch surrounding by stars.
Tonight those stars are shining brightly.