LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton stood on stage, raised her right hand above her eyes and appeared to look above the cheering crowd toward the back of the room.
"This is an extraordinary crowd of Kentucky Democrats," Clinton commented as the audience's applause simmered.
Turns out some of Kentucky's top Democratic faithful weren't so scared to associate themselves publicly with the former first lady after all. At least, the 2,000 people who packed the International Convention Center in downtown Louisville earlier this month didn't seem so.
Clinton's Dec. 2 appearance took in about $600,000 for the Kentucky Democratic Party, organizers said. However, some in attendance thought perhaps it did a lot more than that.
In recent years, the state GOP has seen a resurgence taking power in the Kentucky Senate, gaining seats in the House and recapturing the Governor's Mansion for the first time in more than 30 years. The GOP also controls Kentucky's Washington delegation, holding both U.S. Senate seats and all but one slot in Congress.
But state Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said Clinton's visit to Louisville may have jump-started the party and its followers.
"I think she revitalized the Kentucky Democratic Party, the Kentucky Democrats and certainly gave a lot of hope to Democrats in the Kentucky House and the Kentucky Senate," Yonts said following her speech.