A great deal of commenting has been going on since this post was emailed around to a bunch of us. I agree completely with the take in the post.

Here’s my experience in this election. I go sit in the Delaware Obama office quite a bit. Most times just to get out of the house for a bit while working. The undisputed leader in requests coming through the front door is for yards signs. Almost always they are told there are none, but there are volunteer opportunities. They almost never sign up. They wouldn’t even if they scored a yard sign. Why? Because getting a yard sign and putting it in your yard FEELS like doing something, but it’s not. Yard sign takers usually don’t volunteer to do real work with campaigns because they feel like putting out a yard sign IS work for the campaign.

It’s not.

Yard signs are for losers. Signs don’t vote and they don’t win elections. Voters do. I think the Obama campaign is spot on in focusing on what matters to win and those who think planting a yard sign in their yard is doing something for the candidate to win are delusional.

Is visibility good? Hell yes. But from a strategic standpoint and not a feel-good standpoint. Hell, I LOVE yard signs. I had one until the winds came and it split down one side and blew away. I’ll be fixing it soon and putting it back out. I’ve also got a rally sign in my window. Know where I got it? I bought it online. Same place I got my two bumper stickers and Tee shirt (that already feels like a 5 year old tee). I didn’t wait for the campaign to get what I wanted. Neither should you.

So if you want a yard sign go get one online or better yet get a whole supporter pack. Hell. Buy 10 and commit to passing out 9 to your neighbors. If you think going to a campaign office and getting a free yard sign is “doing something”. Think again. You are wasting your time and (more importantly) the staffers at HQ. They are busing meeting call targets. They are busy “cutting turf” for actual volunteers to walk. Here is an alternate action plan for you:

1. Head down to HQ and sign up to volunteer. Find a neighborhood team and get to know the team leader. If no team leader exists, step up and become one.

2. Ask for a call list and take it home. Clear your throat and take your energy and enthusiasm and channel it into calling your neighbors. They are waiting on you to call, trust me.

3. Go to store.barackobama.com and buy a yard sign. You can also get them at DemocraticStuff.

4. Worst case, make your own. Decorate your car. Write Obama on your windows. Print out flyers and hand them out. Get a T shirt or three and wear them everyday. Tell everyone you meet to vote for Obama. Connect with your neighbors. Get to know other supporters. Walk with them in your neighborhood and get out the vote.

There are so many things to do in this time other than worrying about why the campaign is not giving out free stuff that most likely doesn’t make a damn bit of difference in winning elections.

Bottom line if you want a yard sign, buy one. If you want to win, volunteer.

Others commenting:

Tim Russo: Hey yard sign whiners. Shut up, get off your lazy ass, and start talking to voters.

Anthony Fossaceca: Knock, Talk, or Get Out of the Way

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  • Thanks! That makes me feel a whole lot better about stealing my neighbor’s Obama sign.

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  • At least you didn’t whine.

  • Well, if whining didn’t work, then I’d get really mad and start calling them names like Obamadumb – and then ramble on for 10 minutes about how I know more about politics than any of their stupid volunteer asses- insulting them every 10-12 seconds.

    Then, when the police showed up I’d calmly try to explain to them that all I wanted was a yard sign. But eventually I would start yelling at the police too because I always forget to take my meds and this is what always happens when I forget to take my meds.

    Then, as the police were dragging me out I’d yell back that I was going to volunteer for the McCain campaign because I’d never want to be associated with obamadumb because he’s … dumb and … uh… Tim Russo supports him and that Eric guy who banned me from his stupid blog.

    At the end of the day, I don’t really care about the politics or the issues. It’s really all about the yard signs for me. And the bumper stickers. No campaign swag, no vote.

    I’m lonely and I feel like a need to be a part of something. The signs help.

  • J-Dog

    I don’t think a “one size fits all” approach is appropriate. Yard signs might not mean a whole lot in Columbus, but they do in more rural places like Norwalk, Celina, Greenville and Fremont. I understand the theory that yard signs are a pain in the ass in bigger towns and can agree with employing that approach there.

  • J-Dog

    Have you shared your ramblings with your therapist, Hickman? They say that technique worked wonders with the Unabomber in recent years…

  • @4: LOL. Nice Joe. Real nice. Everyone brace for the Hickmania!

    @5: I don’t think I advocate a one size fits all. That’s why I said they make strategic sense, not emotional sense. Where name recognition is lower, you use them. Where it is already high, you canvass and phonebank.

    @6: Psst. Check the link. Doubt the real Hickmania would link to that post. 😉 (Wasn’t me)

  • J-Dog

    Golly! You tricksters are too much. You had me going, but only because it was such a convincing Hickman-ramble! Heh!

  • Anastasia

    I agree with this totally. I tihnk way too many people are using lack of yard signs as a sympton of the supposed dysfunctionality of the Obama campaign. In fact, it’s focusing on other things, and Idon;t think that yard signs in a high-profile race, as good as they mightmake you feel, make any difference. Where they might make a bit of difference is in a judge race or a county coroner race or something like that where low-information voters might vote for the person whose name they recognize. I don’t think most voters will fail to recognize McCain’s and Obama’s names.

  • At least two of my neighbors still have their Hillary yard signs up.

    One of them added an Obama sign recently- but kept the Hillary sign.

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