an effective Fenty?

This is the scene this morning at Columbia Road and 16th Street – random Fenty supporters waving signs at passing cars.

Now this begs the question: Does waving signs change minds and/or motivate voters? Would you change your vote or even decide to vote based on seeing folks waving signs at you on your morning commute?

A better idea: Fenty supporters making sure fools are not blocking the box.

8 Comments so far

  1. ElLobo (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:44 am

    Ummm. I think the idea is to make people think about someone that maybe they have not thought about. There is some value in just geting your name out there. It’s not supposed to change any one person’s mind. It’s supposed to make undecideds or those who haven’t thought too much about the mayor’s race think about Fenty. Or can candidates only use one method of campaigning?

  2. Brian (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    Effective or not I’m starting to get annoyed by the sign wavers. My condo board president is on the Cropp bandwagon and often has people standing on 16th near our building and down at U St waving signs. Mostly they just get in the way of people who need to cross when the light turns green.

    Now if Cropp were out there herself, or Fenty was on the street waving, shaking hands and answering questions, that might be a bit different and more welcome.

  3. wayan (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    I’m all for creative campaigning, I’m just wondering if this specific method is effective. I think it might make the faithful, those already pro-Fenty honk, but does it change the mind of a Cropper? Or get an unregistered or undecided interested?

  4. Sweet (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:52 am

    I’d probably think, ‘Wait is Fenty sponsoring a car wash fundraiser?’ ;-)

  5. wayan (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    Here is a much more effective method to convert others and energize voters: A DC Mayoral Candidates’ Forum tonight at Union Temple Baptist Church:

  6. BTQ (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    It doesn’t beg the question, by the way. It *raises* the question.

  7. Stacey (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 11:57 am

    It isn’t for the purpose of changing minds – it’s just a branding activity. Make people see the name, get it in their memory, and it helps tee up the mind for future tactics…

  8. Mik (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

    Truth be told, it wouldn’t change my vote at all, unless they were the Monster Raving Looney Party…

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