May 8 is a long time in political/electoral time from the Iowa caucuses and even further from August 2011. Compared to past years -- pre-2008 -- Indiana at least has a light at the end of this tunnel. With a more dispersed calendar of primaries and caucuses and the dynamics of a two or three candidate race taking shape (again, in August 2011), the Hoosier state can think big while at the same time realizing that a repeat of 2008 leans toward being a pie in the sky notion. That is different from past years when Indiana Democrats and Republicans could write off the possibility of casting consequential votes in a nomination race outright.
Still, a lot can change between now and then.