I havent been contacted lately by the local Democrats, probably because the 32nd District is very safe. Nevertheless, I have already been the (relatively) unwilling recipient of KE04 bumper stickers and yard signs, which languishundisplayedin my closet. Now, I dont question the marketing doctrine which shows that such advertising has a positive effect; Im quite sure it does. But it does so in a completely irrational manner; many people (consciously or not) simply want to vote for the popular candidate, whomever they perceive that to be. This is basic marketing, and I would hope that any competent campaign targeting an electorate any larger than that of a local precinct would exploit it. I cannot bring myself to participate in it, however, for reasons that approximate personal ethics. You see, my reaction to simple bumper stickers and yard signs is to raise my hackles; how dare you imply that I should vote for someone just because a forest of colorful bunting confronts me every day as I commute to and from work. Theres no argument, no persuasion; just, "Vote with us because were a big mob." It offends my sense of civic duty. So while I hope the swing states are carpeted in KE04 blue, our yard will devote its space to more seasonally appropriate displays and my cars bumper will reserve its blind alliegance for a more deserving cause.