Philip Busse, a visiting professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, a Portland Mercury writer, and former Portland mayoral candidate, has been charged with misdemeanor theft for stealing political lawn signs. He has resigned from the college.
Sure, I understand that stealing a sign will not change anyone’s mind, and, most likely, will only embolden McCain supporters’ disdain for liberals. Even so, yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done.
Update: The Willy Week, natch, reported on this yesterday: You Stay Classy, Phil Busse: Portland Editor Stealing McCain Yard Signs in Minnesota. And the update today: Ex-Merc Editor Phil Busse Cashes In As Publicly Financed Campaign Manager (Updated).