On my morning walks lately I have noticed political yard signs going up. Nothing odd about that — except that Election Day 2010 is more than six weeks away and in New Albany we have a rule that says that yard signs should not be put up until two weeks or so before the election.
Can we draw any inferences from the early appearance of yard signs? It probably means that the neighbors who have put up the signs feel especially strongly about the election and want to make their views known early. In that regard, it may be significant that every yard sign I’ve seen so far is for a Republican candidate.
Pundits and pollsters have been writing for months about a purported “enthusiasm gap” between Republicans and Democrats as they approach the upcoming election. We may be seeing evidence of that on the lawns of New Albany.