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South Dakota Dems

Renting a car over the weekend at the Sioux Falls airport, I witnessed a representative of the state Democractic party returning several cars used for campaign activities over the previous few days. Some of the vehicles being returned were adorned with Dem-candidate bumper stickers. These weren’t simply taped on or otherwise attached to the rented vehicles, but peeled and stuck onto windows and other parts. In my experience, such stickers can be quite difficult to remove, so unless these specific stickers were of some easily-removed variety, their adhesion to the rented vehicles exhibits an appalling lack of regard for Hertz’s private property. It’s one thing to leave garbage in the back seat of a rented vehicle, but quite another to leave it damaged or otherwise in such a condition that it can only be returned to a rentable condition with substantial effort — especially where, as here, it was clearly a deliberate choice. I hope the S.D. Dems are charged for it.

(I fully recognize that GOP campaign workers may well be guilty of similar actions. If so, it would be equally offensive, but I didn’t witness it.)

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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