As election season is in bloom around the nation – with Arizona’s primary slated for Aug. 24 – political candidates need something that really stands out.
What better way to stand out, literally, than with a lifelike and life-size cutout of a candidate?
A Midwestern man had this same thought, so he created such standup, life-size cutouts he sells at his Victory Store site.
These signs can feature stock images, like a stereotypical happy, blue-collar worker holding a candidate’s sign, or one custom made in the candidate’s own likeness.
Any folks up for a life-size Gov. Jan Brewer in their front yard? What about Attorney General candidate Tom Horne?
The signs not only grab a lot of attention, but they also give us a chance to meet our candidates face to face – or at least face to cardboard face.
C’mon, admit it. Many of us may have lain awake at night wondering just what our candidates for State Mine Inspector look like.
The idea is quite dandy – although prices are still high. A large, single life-size cutout with a stock image starts at $89 and a custom cutout at $129, but candidates would never get just one. Up the order to 1,000 signs and the stock image price dips to an affordable $16 each. Thicker signs cost more; smaller ones cost less.
But even $16 per sign seems cheaper than the price of a Starbucks latte these days.
Pols need something new and innovative, as old tactics just don’t cut it.
We have long learned to hang up on robo calls, especially after realizing there is a few seconds’ delay between saying “Hello” and then hearing the robo voice.
Knocking on doors, especially during nap time on a lazy Sunday afternoon, tends to just tick people off. That’s a sure way to get a vote against the candidate, not for him.
Campaign literature left on the doorstep goes the same way as Cox ads hung on the doorknob or landscaping business cards shoved in the jamb: the junk pile.
Direct mail has much the same fate. Some of us have learned to weed out junk mail quite efficiently, with the recycling bin conveniently located between the mailbox and our front doors. Glossy campaign postcards and brochures tend to join pre-approved credit card announcements and slick circulars screaming about cheap pizza.
We have noted a few dangers, however, that could accompany lifelike and life-size political signs.
Like darts, rotten eggs or tomatoes. Yes, opposing candidates or obnoxious haters can get ugly and perhaps deface competitors’ faces.
The fetching signs may also fetch an unwanted glance or two from passing motorists, resulting in running over the sign and smashing it flat or a crash into the nearest light post.
And the signs in all their large and glorious grandeur do seem like they’d have the power to scare small kids.
Or even adults, for that matter.
But, heck, it all seems worth it. A wise investment of campaign funds. And candidates can always save the signs after elections and put them in their foyers to deter intruders.
Full disclosure: No, I was not offered any bribes or custom lifelike, life-size signs for this write-up. I simply thought it a fun and funky idea. And if I did get a life-size sign, I would not choose a politician. I’d opt for a cardboard replication of Carol Channing.
What do you think?
Would you put a lifelike and life-size candidate sign in your yard?
Would you throw things at signs of candidates you do not appreciate?
What campaign tactic is most effective? Most annoying?