Republicans and Democrats agree on something!
There is a bipartisan consensus that yard signs are a waste of campaigns’ time and money. And an eyesore.
I’ve never had more response to a blog than to my yard-sign rant.
Jack Cozort, former State Court of Appeals Judge, wrote:
“When I ran, I wanted enough yard signs so that I could put one in as many yards of my neighbors on my street as possible. That way, when I came home at night, I could see all my signs and feel good. All others were worthless.”
Mark Ezzell sent along this inspired story from my favorite newspaper, The Onion: “Yard Sign With Candidate’s Name On It Electrifies Congressional Race.”
“JASPER, IN—A blue corrugated plastic sign bearing the name of candidate Todd Young has invigorated and galvanized voters in southeastern Indiana’s 9th District congressional race, catapulting the Republican to an all but insurmountable lead over his opponent, Democratic incumbent Baron Hill.
“The 24-by-18-inch signboard, which political pundits have called an ‘instant game changer’ since its appearance on Jasper, IN’s Jackson Street last Friday, features a red, white, and blue color scheme, four stars above Young’s name, and the slogan ‘Promise of a New Tomorrow.’ It also includes the word ‘Vote’ and a check-mark-filled square next to the candidate’s name, a strategy expected to triple turnout at the polls as throngs of voters rush to support Young.
“‘When I drove by the sign two days ago, I had to pull over to the side of the road and catch my breath’,” said Jade Williams, 34, a lifelong Democrat and former supporter of Baron Hill. ‘I’d never felt such a profound connection to a candidate before. Then I saw the powerful red line under his name and knew I had to drive to City Hall immediately and register as a Republican’….
“Experts across the country are calling the small but legible sign a ‘brilliant political move,’ and have praised Young’s campaign for making the sign double-sided so it can be seen by motorists driving in both directions.
“A new Gallup poll now has Young ahead of Hill by nearly 65 points….
“‘That sign has destroyed us,’ said a senior Hill staffer speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘We’ve been brainstorming nonstop for days, and we think the only way to regain any ground would be for Baron to somehow appear in each constituent’s living room, if only for 30 seconds, and either state his moral and political beliefs while his wife and children stand at his side or else rip into questionable statements Young has made in the past. But unfortunately, there’s no way to achieve this.”