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I just got back from a road trip and wanted to weigh in on the bumper stickers I saw.

I travelled from the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC to Chicago and then west to Rock Island and back over the course of 5 days.  I guess I saw about 20-25 Obama bumper stickers, not counting Chicago, and 1 (!) Romney sticker.

Granted there were a lot of semis on the highways, outnumbering passenger cars for long stretches, but that still seems remarkable to me.

As a side survey, the Schilling and Bustos yard signs in the Illinois Quad Cities were about evenly divided.  This is a seat that has been Democratic forever, until Tea Partier Bobby Schilling managed to win it in 2010.  He seems to be resorting to the usual lying that all the Rs are doing this year, but doesn't seem to have made a dent.  Yesterday's paper said it's the 8th most expensive house race in the country right now.


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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    Tshirt seen at the University of Chicago - Front "That's fine in practice" Back "But how does it work in theory?"

    by Oakton Mom on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:22:24 PM PDT

  •  Why you see very few Rmoney Bumper stickers (14+ / 0-)

    They lower the value on your Bentleys, Rolls Royces, and private jets.

    (romney)/RYAN 2012 - Look at those clouds. It's beautiful. Just look at those things!

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:29:35 PM PDT

  •  Waiting to see my first one (7+ / 0-)

    I live in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and work in East Baton Rouge Parish....Republican areas.  I've seen not even one Romney bumper sticker or yard sign.  In the past, McCain-Palin, W The PResident, Dole-Kemp and Bush Quayle 92 signs were everywhere.      

  •  In the Atlanta (7+ / 0-)

    area, until recently, I've seen more Bush/Cheney '04 bumper stickers than Romney/Ryan.

    But, as you might imagine in this red state, I'm beginning to see a few more Romney/Ryan bumper stickers.

    But...the Obama bumper stickers are not non-existent by any means, and they're the 2012 ones...

    I've noticed one thing about Romney/Ryan stickers on cars.  You can't see them hardly at all.  They're light blue lettering on a white background.  And idiot design for an idiot campaign.

    The white man knows how to make many things, but he does not know how to distribute them - Chief Sitting Bull

    by cka on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:30:43 PM PDT

  •  I did see a working class white guy (8+ / 0-)

    wearing a "GTFO" bama t-shirt. I guess he couldn't afford to buy his wife an "I'm with stupid" to go with.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:33:23 PM PDT

  •  I live in bright red Denton, Texas (9+ / 0-)

    Each day I see another car or truck with a Texans for Obama bumper sticker.  I have seen three total Rmoney bumper stickers in two months.

    I know of two Rmoney yard signs, from reports by friends.

    There have been two hundred Obama yard signs ordered and delivered so far.

    Very strange year.  Used to see lots of W/2004 and McCain Palin in years past.

    •  I have a really good friend in Denton. (2+ / 0-)
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      He is a Democrat and so are his parents that live in Denton as well. Must be the religious aspect that is holding down Romney's support in areas like Denton. I live in the bright red town of Farmington, NM  and even though there are some Romney/Ryan signs there aren't as many as there were Bush or McCain in years past. Not many bumper stickers either. Mostly anti-Obama signs. This is a heavily LDS populated area as well. Go figure?

  •  They are starting to crop up here in NH (1+ / 0-)
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    but still far and few between.

    The 47% also "pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more" but when Romney does it he thinks it's a virtue, while when they do it, he thinks they are deadbeats.

    by jsfox on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:39:17 PM PDT

  •  I'm Not On the Road Much Since I Work at Home (2+ / 0-)
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    and we don't travel. But here in NE Ohio within short distance of red zones, I hardly ever see Romney stickers. I see more anti-Obama than pro Romney.

    Yard signs in a number of communities around from below median working class to near the 1% are overwhelmingly for Democrats. I see billboards with "Democrat" on the top line.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:40:22 PM PDT

  •  A Horsey Philly suburb near me usually festooned (1+ / 0-)
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    with GOOP presidential lawn signs has one on a corner in some open space and one (an only one, and a small one too) on the R ward leader's lawn.

    Perhaps they are waiting until after the Devil's Night surprise.

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:40:53 PM PDT

  •  I still haven't seen one... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...and I live in Mississippi, red state extraordinaire!

    I've seen a few Obama stickers, although a lot of them are '08 stickers.  

    I know my state will go for Romney because we're full-up with Southern Baptist idiots who vote for Republicans no matter how many decades their policies have kept our state dead last... but they don't seem nearly as enthusiastic about their guy this year.  Haven't seen any yard signs, either.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:43:03 PM PDT

  •  BTW: I was thinking of offering alternate Romney (5+ / 0-)

    Bumper stickers. Theirs is quite the coalition.
     Any takers?

    AssHats for Romney
    AssClowns for Romney
    Drugged horses for Romney
    Dressage Horses for Romney
    Roof Racks for Romney
    Striped PJs for Romney
    Deviant Roomates for Romney
    Federal Pen for Romney
    Horses’ asses for Romney
    Elephant’s rears for Romney
    Impoverished Retirements for Romney
    Plundered Pensions for Romney
    Dejobbed with Romney
    Walking Spanish with Romney

    Suggestions for others?

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:44:11 PM PDT

  •  Very little of anything GOP going on. I did see a (3+ / 0-)

    Romney bumper sticker yesterday about a block from the local LDS ward, so that might not be so strange. Their three hour block was ending, so people were leaving.

    I have seen a total of four R stickers in months. And I live in a red county. R will still win here, but people aren't enthused. They just don't like our president and given the racism I see and hear here, it is hardly surprising.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:44:51 PM PDT

  •  saw a romeny sticker on a denali yesterday (2+ / 0-)
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    here in eastern NC

    but i have seen close to ten obsama sitckers in the past month.

     I will take that

    "With malice toward none, with charity for all..." -Abraham Lincoln not a modern republican

    by live1 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:49:35 PM PDT

  •  Austin Tx - Total count now 12-13 over last month (2+ / 0-)
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    including a town car with two Mitt stickers!   Ron Paul in same time?  Hundreds.

    In May and June I officiated as election judge for our local precinct.  Several people wandered up muttering about Obama.  Never once those two 16 hour days did I hear someone say "Romney".

    I've been registering voters here for the past 4 weeks.   (about 200 now)  I've heard one person mention Romney in a positive fashion.   Most express support for Obama with just 25-33% growling against him, without mentioning Romney's name.

    Republicans: They hate us for our Freedom.

    by mikeconwell on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:51:58 PM PDT

  •   South Jersey: I have seen two Rmoney bumper (3+ / 0-)
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    stickers.  I drive between colleges as an adjunct.  Needless to say the college parking lots are festooned with Obama stickers. Only one Rmoney yard sign in my town several Obama.  In fact one of my older black neighbors has had his Obama/Biden sign up continually for four years.  But I suspect Fordmandalay is right in that many Rmoney supporters simply will not stoop to the "low class" tradition of defacing their cars with political signs.

    I aim to misbehave.

    by warprof on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:52:17 PM PDT

  •  In August I drove (3+ / 0-)
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    From Salt Lake City to Calgary and back with my wife.  We were curious about bumper stickers because, coming from Los Angeles, neither one of us knew what the Romney stickers looked like.  

    I still don't.  We drove 2000 miles through the reddest and most Mormon areas of this country and saw not a single Romney/Ryan sticker.  We saw Ron Paul.  We saw senate, house, sheriff and governor, but not a single Romney.

    It made us wonder how deep his support was among the rank and file Mormon population.   Maybe it's not just Harry Reid and John Huntsman who think he's a terrible representative of the faith.

    Credulant (adj): Something that is not fully credible because it is unsourced but it sounds true so it is accepted without argument.

    by xajaxsingerx on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:55:10 PM PDT

  •  Colorado (2+ / 0-)
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    Romney stickers here in Colorado 2 for Romney.  Dozens against Obama.  Many more for Obama.  Yard signs for either are pretty non-existent except in urban Denver County where you would expect to see a lot of Obama signs.  No signs whatsoever in Jefferson County, the swing County in Colorado and where I live and work.

  •  Road trip from NY to Chicago and back (3+ / 0-)
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    Last week, we drove from Long Island up to Binghamton, then through the Finger Lakes and on to Niagara Falls, then down I-90 through PA, Ohio, Indiana, and a little bit of Michigan, and then on to Chicago for 3 nights and then back to NY. Western NY is pretty red, and I don't know much about the other states we drove through.

    We saw one little stretch of 12 anti-Obama/pro-Romney yard signs lined up one after another in a clearing along a road in the Finger Lakes. Also a few "Nobama" bumper stickers. These were more than balanced by Obama 2012 bumper stickers.

    We were in a lot of neighborhoods in Chicago, and there were fewer Obama signs than there were in 2008, but they were still in evidence.

    •  The probable reason (0+ / 0-)

      you don't see more Obama signs in Chicago is that it's a given that he'll take Chicago and Illinois.  I noticed the same thing in '08.  Very few signs but a lot of bumper stickers.

      Tshirt seen at the University of Chicago - Front "That's fine in practice" Back "But how does it work in theory?"

      by Oakton Mom on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:57:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Almost no Romney stickers (2+ / 0-)
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    but quite a few NO-bama stickers, and the one with a picture of Obama and the caption "Does this ass make my car look big?"  

    In other words, those who do vote for Romney, won't be voting FOR Romney but only against his opponent.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:10:21 PM PDT

  •  I've seen two (2) Rmoney stickers all year long. (2+ / 0-)
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    One in Iowa, one in Park Ridge, IL.

    So far, that's been it.

  •  Bumper sticker update in Phoenix (2+ / 0-)
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    So far, 3 cars with Obama stickers, 1 Ron Paul, and 1 Rmoney. I posted a photo of the Rmoney car before, and due to the haphazard and crooked application of it (it wasn't even fully stuck on) the consensus was it was likely a 'drive-by' sticking, probably without the owner knowing.

    (romney)/RYAN 2012 - Look at those clouds. It's beautiful. Just look at those things!

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:13:52 PM PDT

  •  Were they Obama '12 stickers? (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama '08 shouldn't count in these surveys.

    That said I've seen very few Romney stickers in NC.  One, if I recall correctly.

    Also saw very few in NOVA when I was there last month.  I did, however, see a TON of Romney yard signs.  They were all over the Great Falls/Maclean area (I guess some of those folks really want their tax cuts) but were even in Reston, Falls Church, and Sterling.  Some of these things were at least 3 feet by 5, if not larger.  My guess is that the extreme wealth in Great Falls/Maclean accounts for the Romney support there, but NOVA is supposed to be Obama's base in VA.  I was a bit concerned.

    Interesting thing though, I saw almost no Romney bumper stickers.  I saw some anti-Obama bumper stickers but very few Romney ones.  The Romney stickers were easily outnumbered by the Obama stickers, but if you count the anti-Obama stickers, then the number approaches parity, but I think Obama still had the lead.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:34:26 PM PDT

    •  Why wouldn't the old stickers (undated) count? (1+ / 0-)
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      My car still sports my '08 Obama-Biden bumper sticker. It's undated, and when I bought the new one (which is also undated), I realized the darker shades of the '08 sticker show up better on my white car.

      I'm saving the new one for my scrapbook.

      •  There probably are some folks like that (0+ / 0-)

        but I'm concerned that there are more that just didn't bother to remove the old one and really aren't enthused enough to put on a new one.

        Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

        by journeyman on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:12:35 AM PDT

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    •  The Obama Campaign (0+ / 0-)

      is giving out very few signs.  For some inexplicable reason they aren't putting money into yard signs and encouraging us to buy our own from the web site.

      Tshirt seen at the University of Chicago - Front "That's fine in practice" Back "But how does it work in theory?"

      by Oakton Mom on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:59:29 AM PDT

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  •  Charlotte (4+ / 0-)

    Rmoney sticker sightings were rare until a couple of weeks ago.  Now I'm seeing them daily on the roads, but Obama stickers still outnumber Rmoney 4-5:1.  

    Interesting observation: to get from the employee parking deck into the hospital where I work, we have to walk through the patient deck.  If it's full (which is usually,) that amounts to dozens and dozens of patients' vehicles.  

    Not only is the Obama-to_Rmoney ratio consistently favorable, but it holds true on cars with South Carolina tags as well.  There are plenty of anti-Obama stickers, but love for Rmoney, not so much.

    Meanwhile, I still haven't gotten the retro Obama sticker I ordered two weeks ago :(  Getting by with "If Jesus is coming, He better being His immigration papers" for now.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:34:50 PM PDT

  •  Upper New England here. (3+ / 0-)
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    zero Romney stickers.  That's right, haven't seen one yet.

    And about 20 Obama so far.

    And there used to be a couple of Romney yard signs.  Those are all gone.

    "A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and me?" - Don Van Vliet

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:43:27 PM PDT

  •  Dallas TX (2+ / 0-)
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    In a very red part of town, and I've seen exactly two Rmoney bumper stickers, and I think two yard signs.  Several Obama stickers and a couple of yard sgns.  Yes, a few Paul, state rep, Congress, and local seats, but little about the Presidency.

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 03:10:23 PM PDT

  •  Metro Detroit (2+ / 0-)
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    In Metro Detroit, I've seen fewer Obama bumper stickers than in 2008 -- but zero Romney stickers. I'd expect Romney to have next to no support in Detroit itself; but if he has supporters in the surrounding suburbs, they're keeping it to themselves.

  •  Here in suburban St Loo (2+ / 0-)
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    we have Defeat Obama and the gag-worthy Akin signs
    Don't judge me for drinking . . .

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    by blue muon on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 05:21:01 PM PDT

  •  Here's why you're not seeing many (3+ / 0-)
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    Romney stickers ~
    fb Romney stickers removed
    Srsly, this photo's been all over twitter the last couple days. I'm surprised I haven't it here - 'til now ;)

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