Awhile back in the local Democratic Party scene there was all the buzz when the various establishment groups were all getting behind Hillary Clinton and getting on that bandwagon there was talk about bringing Hillary to El Paso.
As a veteran of the Obama-Hillary War of 8 years ago, I remember fondly the energy behind that race. The Hillary people were coming out of the wood work. There were Hillary signs and stickers everywhere.
On the Obama side we tried to do what we could but it was clear that El Paso was Hillary country.
And on Election Day, we saw huge voter turnout numbers in El Paso. Seriously big numbers.
Numbers so big that when we campaign types put together ground ops, we typically through those numbers out the window because they were such an anomaly.
But there were people that maintained hope, (see what I did there) that Hillary would still be able to draw big numbers.
Well time to play the sad trumpet.
We haven't seen a big uptick in voting. In fact, turnout has been kinda shitty.
I haven't seen a single Hillary sign anywhere. Not one. I've seen a few Bernie signs but no Hillary. I'm not saying Bernie is taking El Paso county, because he's not going to.
But what I am saying is that there is basically none of the energy of the last time she ran and turn-out is down a la madre. El Paso is not going to even influence how much of a margin Hillary takes Texas with.
Also, as much as it bothers a lot of campaign people, signs almost never mean a damn thing. David Stout beat Sergio Lewis without single damn sign. Lewis had those weird signs my buddy Morris Pittle did for him but they made Lewis look like Joseph Stalin and Homer Simpson had a baby.
So signs aren't going to win an election for you. But to see not a single Hillary sign anywhere is a bad strategy for your voters that only vote in presidential elections. There's no reminder that its a presidential year and in a Democratic city like El Paso, the Republican clown show isn't going to make them come out and vote.
Hillary wins but with low voter turnout. Not much of a statement from her supporters.