Stealth Republicans

Brian J. observes the precincts that surround him:

I don’t know what it means, but we’re, what, four weeks out from the election, and we’ve got a contested Senate race (I can tell it’s contested, because I cannot listen to the radio because the incumbent and her allies are spending an awful lot of money to oversimplify things and impress upon me that the other candidate wants to cut health care costs by smothering senior citizens with pillows and reselling their medications) along with local and state races, and I have not seen many Republican yard signs.

Now the Nogglestead is located in about as non-coastal a place as one can imagine on this continent. Is this not a GOP stronghold? Well, yes and no:

How to read those entrails? It’s probably not apathy. The people who casually follow politics and might have picked up a sign from the election office or gotten one from a friend who was passing them out watch the news. They’ve seen that elephant regalia can invite vandalism or worse. How engaged are they? I would bet very. Because there are no signs.

This explanation seems plausible enough. In the fall of 2016, Trump/Pence signs here in the middle of Soonerland were conspicuous by their sheer rarity, yet the GOP standard-bearers got something like 65 percent of the popular vote (and thus all seven electoral votes).

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