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    New directions even in Ithaca

    New directions even in Ithaca

    From November 2008:

    To live in Ithaca is to live in a city alive with anti-Bush, anti-war protest.  I often joke that the directions to my house in Ithaca  read as follows:  Take a right at the fifth Obama sign, a left at the third “Impeach Bush” placard, bear right at the “Support Our Troops, End the War” poster, and we are the house just after the “There’s a Village in Texas Missing its Idiot” banner.

    Please don’t use these directions, they don’t work anymore.

    There’s still some anti-Bush and anti-War signage, but you’ll miss the turn at the “fifth Obama sign.”  Because there is none.

    Obama signs are hard to come by this year in Ithaca.  Not that there aren’t any, but you really have to look to find them, and they are more likely to be faded from four years of exposure to the weather.

    For the first time I’m seeing anti-Obama bumper stickers in town.

    Sure, Ithaca will vote Obama by a wide margin, for those who show up.  But then again, that’s just inbred voting patterns.

    There is no enthusiasm for Obama evident either in town or up on the hill on campus.  This is not 2008 in the heart of wacko liberaldom, not by a long shot.

    It’s purely anecdotal, but in anecdotes sometimes there is truth.

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    myveryownpointofview | September 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Elsewhere in upstate NY…..I’ve seen ONE obama sign. No Romney signs. Bumper stickers as follows; only a few old ’08 obama stickers, one new one and probably a dozen Romney stickers.

    My real anecdotal observation though? The comment sections in online articles. A huge difference in sentiment over even the past few months. I used to be able to count on fawning pro-obama comments everywhere I looked. Either that or the commentators would gang up to viciously attack a commentator who had written negatively about obama. Now the obots are MIA. I had noticed the slow swing a bit over a year ago, but it’s grown to the point where it’s shocking. Even sometimes on HuffPo the right overwhelms the wrongs.

    On Mail Online it is very apparent too. It used to be that the brits were far more in love with obama than is evidenced now. Heh, sometimes it seems like they are bashing Bush, but no – it’s obama. And the Americans that post there have also swung towards anti-obama observations.

    The online obama supporters seem to have receded into the background. Shame that Romney cannot manage to create any enthusiasm for himself, because in spite of the profound media bias this would be THE moment to win votes.


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