Oregon Farmers not McCain fans?

As anyone who has driven I-5 south out of Portland during an election season can tell you, from the look of the highway you would never know that Portland and Eugene are overwhelmingly liberal. Typically, nearly every farm along the drive has political signs for the Republican candidates and the conservative ballot measures.

As my husband and I headed to Bandon last Friday morning, driving south all the way to Roseburg, we noticed a very pleasant change. Not a single McCain sign anywhere. Not a single Gordon Smith sign. There were a handful or Erickson signs.. but, not the overload we’ve seen in the past. I didn’t have to grumble to my husband about the ridiculousness of trying to stop people from marrying or giving women the right to make their own medical decisions. It was wonderful!

Now – there weren’t an overwhelming number of Obama signs either, although we did see a few. And quite a few for Jeff Merkely. So I wonder, are the more typically rural and conservative Oregonians just not excited enough about McCain and their other candidates to bother with signs this year? Or has this Zauner guy just gotten old and given up?

2 Comments so far

  1. capricious on September 23rd, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

    The first time I noticed the Farmers speaking out on their land thing was when I went to South Dakota. I should have taken pictures of some of them! You know, in that "Really!? This is what you’re telling the world?! REALLY!???"

    On my way down from Sea-Tac, I noticed that it must be a farmer thing.

    Maybe the farmers are realizing that… this guy’s a loon!


  2. Anna (sf_anna) on September 24th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

    Not sure where to post this- I write for sf.metblogs.com and am going to visit thurs-sunday. Used to live in PDX 90-94, and wondered if I could guest-blog over here for those days?



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