I live in one of the neighborhoods in Austin that perfectly demonstrates what they say about Democrats in Travis County. It drives Republicans nuts.
When I moved in years ago, the precinct was heavily minority. As one might expect, it was also strongly Democratic. Over the years as East Austin gentrification changed the neighborhood and more anglo families moved in, the precinct actually became more Democratic than it had been before, and turn-out in most elections has gone up too. You haven’t seen a lot of that elsewhere in Texas. Damn tax and spend liberals. Also, we’ve all changed our middle names to “Hussein.”
There’s a rent house down the street, in which the tenant moved in after the primary elections. The first thing he did was plant a Ron Paul sign in his yard. I don’t really understand the Ron Paul cult. After the primary, when does that guy think he’s going to get to vote for him? In a related story, nobody talks to him, and area children will undoubtedly skip his house on Halloween. I bet his house is even one of those dead zones described in the Verizon commercials. See what can happen? You Ron Paul cult people really should get with the game plan.
Aside from the Ron Paul cult dude, my entire neighborhood has been completely covered up with Obama yard signs. Competely. Covered. Up.
Even my next door neighbors got into the act. You have to understand about my neighbors. They’re…interesting. Lets just say they’re not generally known around here as civic leaders. As witness to that notion, the way they obtained their Obama yard sign in the first place was to steal somebody else’s Obama yard sign and plant it in their own yard. We know this because Dolly, the local Obama sign person, being a creative sort, did all kinds of unique things to each Obama yard sign she distributed. She immediately recognized my next-door-neighbor’s sign as one she had planted in a yard a block or so away. When she went to double-check, sure enough, the original location was missing a sign.
The deep enthusiasm is, indeed, a nice contrast from elections past. In fact, if I had not thrown away my John Kerry yard sign after the last Presidential election, the damn thing would still be there. The Republicans might even stop by every once in a while to wash and wax it.
Fast forward to the last few days. Every single Obama sign on every major street in my ‘hood has suddenly been stolen in the middle of the night. All of them. Including mine, and including my next door neighbors.
Some of my fellow hoodies are pretty P.O.’ed about this, but I’m not. I could not be tickled pinker to finally have a Democratic nominee for President of the United States who so threatens Republicans that one or more of them feel frightened enough to resort to stealing hundreds of Obama yard signs. As if that will change the outcome of this election. As if that will muscle people back to the Republicans’ flawed view of the world. As if it will do something to preserve their ever-narrowing little world.
On the other hand, there is a contrasting theory that Travis County Democratic Chairman Andy Brown went through and stole them himself, so he could re-sell the signs to raise more money, to buy more signs. If so, more power to him.
Most of all, I truly enjoy the irony of my next door neighbors’ situation: somebody stole from them the Obama sign they stole from somebody else.
Steal it forward. Vote Obama.