I’ve always wondered whether you can make much of the number of yard signs and bumper stickers you see during a presidential (or any) campaign. They do tend to show enthusiasm. From reports (e.g. here and here) I’ve read on several blogs, it seems Romney signs are abundant in swing states.
Today, I received two additional swing state reports, one from a friend in my native Cincinnati, Ohio saying that he was seeing Obama signs, but “nothing like” four years ago, “Much fewer and far between.” And he has seen more Romney signs. On Facebook, a friend in Denver posted that “Walking near Cheeseman Park I just saw six separate houses on one block with Romney/Ryan signs. Color me astonished.” As I understand it, that’s not a very Republican area of Colorado’s largest (and most Democratic) city.
Maybe we’d see more signs if more Republicans were willing to put up with trouble of having their signs stolen or their cars keyed. The Twitchy Staff report how some liberals revel in such juvenile antics, with conservatives “their Romney/Ryan bumper stickers and yard signs are being stolen and vandalized”
These thieves and vandals aren’t just skulking away into the night. Many are taking to Twitter to brag about swiping and defacing signs, including one guy who used a Romney sign like Occupiers use cop cars.
Read the tweets in the post linked above and wonder why those folks harbor so much animus against their political opponents.
FWIW: been seeing a lot fewer Obama signs in my very “blue” neighborhood. Drove today from LA to Anaheim and didn’t see a single Obama bumper sticker, but did see a Romney/Ryan one. . . .
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds includes reports from readers who’ve been noticing the same things my friends have. A man from Hillard, Ohio, a “suburb on the western side of the Columbus Ohio outerbelt” wrote that he and his wife. . .
. . . drove around for about three hours on Saturday doing some garage sale shopping and saw more Mitt Romney signs than I ever expected to see. Romney signs were present over Obama signs by a factor of 10 to 1.
I have lived in this area and around Ohio State Campus for twelve years. Hilliard is more conservative than central Columbus, but I have NEVER seen this many pro-republican signs. In fact, I think I saw more Romney signs on Saturday than I ever saw of McCain/Palin signs in all of 2008.
Read the whole thing.