Texas may be a red state but the capital of Austin is Obama country. It's thus not unusual to see myriad Obama campaign signs in nice neighborhoods -- displayed on one manicured front lawn after another.
How, then, to account in a pro-Obama neighborhood for a shocking act of vandalism occurring on the front lawn of Tom and Beth Priem -- their Obama sign destroyed, torn to shreds. They put a new sign up, and it happened again. Four times in all.
Was it the act of a violent and deranged Romney supporter? The Priems wanted to know. As reporter Pamela Cosel explained on the website of KXAN, a local television news channel:
They decried the destruction. They didn't know how to deter the defamation -- a direct assault on their property. Was it the devil? Or simply a devious degenerate?
So Tom Priem's wife, Beth, did some detective work, determined to discover the despicable destroyer.
At daybreak Wednesday, with camera in hand and trusty dog, Charlie, by her side, she made a date to watch the drama unfold.
Undaunted, she was dazzled to catch the thief dead-on, daring as dawn broke.
Demur in his approach, the young deer danced on the lawn, the Obama sign caught in its antlers. Delicate creature, the sign dangled for a time, as the buck deftly flung it, dented, to the ground.
Beth snapped the photo just as it landed, destroyed -- proof that it wasn't a dream.
"Apparently, we have a Republican deer in our neighborhood!" said Tom. "The funny thing is, I haven't seen any other signs damaged. The people directly across the street have four signs, the person across the street and to the left has two, and the next house to the left h as one. We can't figure out why the deer is attacking our signs.
Whatever the case, somebody who apparently is a Romney supporter had a different take on the matter, writing in the readers' comments section: "Smart deer!"