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Absence Of Obama Stickers In Chicago

From the Chicago Sun Times:

Where are the bumper stickers?

November 3, 2008

This is supposed to be the most exciting political election in decades. So where are all the political bumper stickers?

In traffic in the city and suburbs for three hours, we spotted just two tiny Obama stickers.

Joelle McGinnis, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Tollway, has also noticed the dearth of political stickers. “Maybe people don’t want to mess up their paint,” McGinnis said.

Or maybe people are so sure Obama will win Illinois that they haven’t bothered advertising their preference to other drivers.

This doesn’t mean people don’t like bumper stickers in general. Geoffrey Smith, who works in the service department at Evanston Subaru, says he sees as many stickers as he has in his 15 years in the business, despite car leasing and painted bumpers. And he still doesn’t like them, no matter their message.

“It’s a lot of trouble to get the stickers off,” said Smith, who has seen cars with as many 15 bumper stickers. “With painted bumpers, it leaves a film on there.”

Smith would never put a bumper sticker on his own car. “I think it looks ugly,” he said.

Maybe it’s that the people in Chicago have finally cottoned on to Mr. Obama. Or they are offended he is breaking his promise to serve your full term as Senator?

(Just kidding of course.)

Note that the article doesn’t even mention the possibility of there being McCain stickers.

Of course we all know why there are so few McCain bumper stickers. People don’t like having their cars vandalized.

(We always assume a car with a flag or some sign of support for our soldiers is using code to say they are McCain supporters.)

But why so few for the Messiah?

Perhaps there is hope after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Absence Of Obama Stickers In Chicago”

  1. crosspatch says:

    There were plenty of bumper stickers in 2004 around here. This year next to none. No yard signs either. I would say something like 10 to 15 percent of the cars had stickers for one candidate or the other in 2004. My neighborhood had a lot of W04 stickers. This year nothing. I have found two cars in the whole neighborhood with stickers. I might see one or two cars on my commute on two very busy freeways that have a sticker. I am certainly not seeing any rousing groundswell of Obamamania in this part of California.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    What is with Volvos that attracts liberal bumper stickers?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    RB….Liberal welfare/medicare taking doctors who own them!!

  4. 1sttofight says:


    Heh, Heh, Heh….

  5. DW says:

    Note that the campaign stickers in the photo above, give the entire car the appearance of being a medium blue color.
    Perhaps the car owner believes in the old advertising slogan:
    “There’s something about an aqua Volvo man.”

    (sorry, couldn’t resist…)

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    DW….WWWOOOO HHHAAA……thats funny!!

  7. nuthingbettertodo says:

    That doesn’t look like an Illinois plate to me….

  8. Steve says:

    “That doesn’t look like an Illinois plate to me….”

    That photo is just meant to represent a car with bumper stickers.

  9. nuthingbettertodo says:

    Gotcha SG….I just found the two nuts that did it… http://www.artthechange.org/obamamobile/obamamobile.html

    I’m a little slow today :!

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    “Volvo” The automotive subliminal equivalent to “Vulva”. Safe with a Soft Suspension.

  11. notsoyoungjim says:

    Lived in Chi-town for 20 years. Lots of black/white antipathy there. Have no idea how it will turn out.

    I feel like we’re all in that scene in The Godfather where Sonny, Mike, Tom, Tessio, and Clemenza are eating Chinese food waiting for the phone to ring to tell them where Sollozzo’s sitdown is going to take place.

  12. TheChicagoWay says:

    There HAS been a noticeable lack of political signs and bumper stickers in the Chicago area. Both McCain and Obama… I am the only person in my 82 home subdivision who has a political sign in the yard. (Guess who?)….It has been up since early September and remains untouched…. (I wouldn’t dare put a sticker on my car, I like the paint to remain “keyless”, thank you very much…..) From what I’ve seen, the only town that has a proliferation of Obama signage is the Peoples Republic of Oak Park…

    Also, FYI….

    My voting district is quite conservative. (Our elections are held at the golf course clubhouse.) As usual, I arrived at my polling place at the opening time of 6:00 AM…. In past elections, presidential or no, you could simply walk right in and vote. Not this morning… It was a good hour before I got out of there….I find this to be most encouraging….I’m not saying that Illinois is going to go “red”, but my mostly conservative neighbors sure do seem “energized”, and I do not think it is for the “One”.

    We can only hope and pray…..

  13. Steve says:

    “From what I’ve seen, the only town that has a proliferation of Obama signage is the Peoples Republic of Oak Park…”

    What Mr. Hemingway described as “the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.”

  14. wirenut says:

    Hey, a little obama covers alot of rust . The above Volvo was due for major compaction by our recycle friends, a new suit, a little paint, and it looks Presidential. Haw ! Lib’s never die, they just change coats .

  15. Betsy Ross says:

    I’ll second that TheChicagoWay. I live West of the city and commute to Chicago and out here and along my commute I see more lawns supporting local candidate signs than Presidential candidate signs. And I’ve talked to a lot of folks who are very unhappy with our Senator.

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