Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Political signs as targets

As we drove up to our home yesterday, dear husband and I noticed it at the same time. The Kerry/Edwards yard sign was Not Right. The candidate for senate, fine. The candidate for county clerk, fine. Upon closer inspection, the Kerry/Edwards sign clearly suffered the insult of a kick that ripped it away from the side supports and pushed it and the top support upward and completely out of whack.

I was half-expecting this. As some news reports have said for such things elsewhere, it's typically disinterested teenagers, who love the partisan blame game after they wreck campaign signs. So... I don't blame any local Republicans. Especially since a glance around yielded the information that a local Republican candidate's sign diagonally across the street is very diagonal today, if you know what I mean. Equal opportunity destruction, eh?

I fixed up our sign. Dear husband is more open to my idea of a slightly bigger Kerry/Edwards sign on the back of our back fence; our property backs up to the neighborhood park. I still need to get signs for a couple of other local candidates. And if my fix-it job doesn't last, I'll get a replacement Kerry/Edwards sign. Still need to get that bumpersticker for the car's back window, too.

And to think, this is the first time I've ever put campaign signs up.

3 comments:

Classical Home said...

Barbara,
I've noticed a lot of campaign sign vandalism in our area. I'm sure you are right on about the disinterested teens. Thinking along those lines, though, would you want to put a sign-in the form of a bumper sticker-on your car? I'd worry about the destruction being aimed at my vehicle.
Just a thought.

Crissy

Anvilcloud said...

I'd offer to post a JK sign here in Canada, but, somehow, I don't think it would help. We'd like a president that didn't have a "hate-on" for us though. There are many other reasons too. :)

Barbara said...

Really good point, Crissy. Today I learned that -- elsewhere -- some people's cars have been keyed shortly after putting a campaign sticker on their cars. I'm not willing to risk that, truth be told.

On the other hand, I can do signs. And the evening before last, as we were milling around the car with the kids after arriving home, a Democratic Party volunteer struck up a conversation with us based on our trio of campaign signs. He was looking for volunteers, and now I'm the precinct captain for our precinct, with a focus on getting out the vote on Election Day. This is something pretty different!