I spoke to Allen Vaught Saturday morning 10-23-10
during early voting at
[Tim driving, 555 passenger, enter the parking lot]
Tim: [referring to a gentleman standing strategically 100' from the poll door, centered to intercept voters walking inside]
Do you know who that is? [excited NOT]
555: No. Who?
Tim: That's State Rep 107 Allen Vaught.
I'm gonna talk to him.
[Tim parks, exits auto and walks towards AV]
AV: Good morning, sir.
I'd like for you to vote for me,
Allen Vaught, to be your State Representative.
Tim: [stops, stands to talk]
What is your political affiliation?
AV: I'm proud to have a D by my name.
Tim: What is your response to the spending
of the Washington D.C. Democrats?
AV: Sir, I work in Austin.
Tim: thought- "this guy thinks I'm confused.... or he thinks I'm ..... never mind.
Tim: Mr. Vaught, I know where you work.
That wasn't the question.
Name two... no ... name one
program you would eliminate to cut spending...
AV: I can't do that on my own.
TL: Role play with me.
Pretend you're the Emperor.
If you could hit a button and
eliminate a Texas government program
which would you choose ? "
AV: I would eliminate the Department of Transportation.
T: You would eliminate the Texas
Department of Transportation.?
AV: (backpedaling) I didn't say I would eliminate all of it.
Tim: Put that on your web site.
I want to see that on your web
site tomorrow morning.
AV: (shaking head slowly"no" for emphasis and speaking softly, as to a child)
Sir, I'm not gonna put that on my web site.
[More small talk as T and 555 walk into the building to vote. AV holds position]
-a few minutes pass-
[T and 555 walk from inside to the parking lot to leave]
AV: [to Tim] Sir, I know you've said you'll never
vote for another Republican or Democrat
but I want to ask you to consider the
T: [stopping by AV] [seriously, in an attempt to make progress]
What is the conservative position?
AV: [happily, having achieved his goal of reestablishing dialogue]
Lower taxes, less spending.
Check the Dallas News voter guide online.
All my positions are clearly defined.
T: Less spending? Only moments ago you
wouldn't commit to less spending.
By what principles do conservatives
define their stance per issue ?
AV: Principles? What do you mean?
[more talk blah blah blah you're a dummy, pragmatism is best, get in the real world, blah blah blah]
... and the legislature continued on as before, each individual legislator never changing himself but claiming to have worked towards changing the group.
HT: John Shuey