From November 2008:
To live in Ithaca is to live in a city alive with anti-Bush, anti-war protest. I often joke that the directions to my house in Ithaca read as follows: Take a right at the fifth Obama sign, a left at the third “Impeach Bush” placard, bear right at the “Support Our Troops, End the War” poster, and we are the house just after the “There’s a Village in Texas Missing its Idiot” banner.
Please don’t use these directions, they don’t work anymore.
There’s still some anti-Bush and anti-War signage, but you’ll miss the turn at the “fifth Obama sign.” Because there is none.
Obama signs are hard to come by this year in Ithaca. Not that there aren’t any, but you really have to look to find them, and they are more likely to be faded from four years of exposure to the weather.
For the first time I’m seeing anti-Obama bumper stickers in town.
Sure, Ithaca will vote Obama by a wide margin, for those who show up. But then again, that’s just inbred voting patterns.
There is no enthusiasm for Obama evident either in town or up on the hill on campus. This is not 2008 in the heart of wacko liberaldom, not by a long shot.
It’s purely anecdotal, but in anecdotes sometimes there is truth.