Quick Question…

Is there a name for the post-election phenomenon in which the posters and bumper-stickers of losing candidates swiftly vanish while those of the winner linger for weeks, sometimes months?

If not, there should be.


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  1. Yep. It is called gloating. The academic term is post facto attitude reinforcement

    Comment by Barbara o'connor — 12.09.2008 @ 5:14 pm

  2. I have known folks who will put the winners yard sign up the day after the election – and leave it for a couple of weeks!

    Comment by Dave Ackerman — 12.09.2008 @ 5:41 pm

  3. Also need a name for the annoying phenomenon of cashing in on someone else’s win with unnecessary chotchkes featuring the the winner’s likeness. For example:


    Comment by Nicole Winger — 12.09.2008 @ 6:13 pm

  4. Post Traumatic Delamination Syndrome?

    Comment by Dan Richard — 12.09.2008 @ 6:20 pm

  5. I see the opposite of that phenomenon in my neighborhood. None of my neighbors has taken down their No on Prop 8 signs. I think they went overnight from campaign signs to protest banners.

    Comment by Ramona Van Dyck — 12.09.2008 @ 7:48 pm

  6. True in some cases, but do you remember how long those Gore/Lieberman and Kerry/Edwards stickers were up . . . I mean, are still up.

    Comment by Michael Shaw — 12.09.2008 @ 9:42 pm

  7. Very nice — Post Traumatic Delamination Syndriome.

    You’re right, Ramona. I noticed some “No on Prop 8” signs this morning.

    And Michael I had forgotten how long the Gore/Lieberman & Kerry/Edwards stickers stayed up.

    Gloating one of those academic terms of art, I presume.


    Comment by admin — 12.10.2008 @ 10:28 am

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