I live in West St. Louis County. Until recently political signs for either candidate have been pretty sparse in my area; there are certainly far fewer on display than in the past two elections – where Obama/Biden signs ran even with those for the GOP candidates. No such Democratic/Republican parity this year, although even Trumpsters seem relatively few and far between.
One Trump sign near my house that was set out early was removed after the Access Hollywood tape and the related Trump sex assault scandal came to the fore. The folks who lived there, though, have evidently done an Ann Wagner and their Trump/Pence sign reappeared last week. Go figure.
Nevertheless, though there are far fewer Clinton/Kaine signs visible in central West County, the folks responsible for the homemade signs below demonstrate that there’s plenty of enthusiasm for keeping the country safe for Democracy and out of the hands of Trump and his Breitbart-Bannon mafia:
National campaigns don’t print yard signs, they leave it up to the locals. Mostly because acquisition and distribution is a pain and they don’t really do anything other than make the yard sign planters feel better about themselves.
Okay, there is some pleasure to be derived from insult signage.
In west central Missouri, barely outside the right of way in front of an empty lot:
I’ve yet to encounter one in front of an occupied house. And I’ve been looking. Not too hard, but I tend to notice these things.
It’s paid for by “StandPatters for Trump”:
There’s a group that actually chose that name?
It appears to be an entrepreneurial entity in Tipton, Missouri. Interestingly, there’s no Allied Printing Trades mark (“union bug”) on their printed materials. Go figure.
Yesterday, via Twitter:
Eric Kleefeld @EricKleefeld
The classic political dirty trick is to tear down your opponent’s yard signs.
This year, it’s to put up a Trump sign right next to theirs.
6:30 PM – 15 Jun 2016
Doing so would probably constitute a hate crime.
Though there aren’t too many out there:
In an indication of impending Spring the campaign signs for local and municipal elections are starting to pop up. It’s fun to watch beginners’ campaigns – they must absolutely have yard signs.
A campaign yard sign in an empty lot in west central Missouri.
Rather, direct mail, direct mail, and direct mail. And direct voter contact – door to door.
No disdain, I love signs
I have six yard signs in my front yard. I’ve helped put up more than thirty 4 x 8s, 4 x 6s, and 4 x 4s this election cycle. I’ve driven the steel posts, I’ve punched the holes and tightened the cable ties. My large sign technique is efficient, impeccable, and an aesthetic marvel.
Given finite monetary and personnel resources available to campaigns signs are one of the least efficient modes of political persuasion. Political persuasion is what campaigns are all about.
Sign distribution and maintenance takes an astronomical amount of energy and time from campaigns. Time is something you can’t get more of in a campaign.
Signs make us feel good, that’s for sure. But they’re not the most important thing in a campaign. They are in fact the least important – way behind newspaper ads.
Michael Bersin Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 14:15:07 PM CDT
Signs, signs, everywhere signs (September 22, 2008)
Signs, signs, everywhere signs, part 2 (September 28, 2008)
Signs, signs, everywhere signs, part 3 (September 28, 2008)