October 27, 2008

A Small Victory

Yesterday afternoon as I was coaching the eldest Llama-ette along in her violin practice, there came a knock at the front door.

It turned out to be a well-heeled middle-aged lady who apparently lives down the street from us somewhere. Under her arm was a large bundle of what they like to call campaign literature. She gave me a big smile and, after being politely rebuffed in her quest to speak with the Missus, asked if I had a few minutes to hear about some of her candidate's positions on the Issues.

"I'm so sorry," I said with a big smile of my own, "But I'm afraid we support your candidate's opponent."

From the sudden and utter change in the woman's expression, you'd think I had said, "I'm so sorry, but I'm just off to rape your daughter, scalp your husband and burn down your house."

It probably didn't help that the Llama-ette, hovering around in the background with ears a-flapping, suddenly let loose with a whoop and yelled, "Yeah! Yay our guy! Boo your guy!"

The woman walked off in something pretty close to a huff.

One would imagine that people who stump door to door would be used to this sort of thing and not take it personally. On the other hand, perhaps the only people who feel inclined to do this kind of canvasing are the very ones who do take it personally.

Either way, it made my afternoon.

Posted by Robert at October 27, 2008 08:37 AM | TrackBack

I'm guessing she actually used the names. However, that didn't occur to me very quickly. I'm still laughing at the thought of her shouting the exact words you wrote.

Posted by: Mob at October 27, 2008 08:46 AM

Tell the Llama-ette that I send her a big hug and a high five.

Posted by: GroovyVic at October 27, 2008 09:32 AM

You want to rent her out?

I could use her to fend off the dem who's running for congress in my district. I've been hit up FOUR times by these people already. Bleh.

Posted by: Kathy at October 27, 2008 11:33 AM

Please record her and post an MP3 that I can play into the phone every time they call.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 27, 2008 12:49 PM

So, did you.... you know, the daughter, the husband, the house? Kidding, but you've got a way with words there.

Posted by: tee bee at October 30, 2008 12:36 PM

It's funny what assumptions those in the other camp are making. Just yesterday I was exchanging email for the first time in years with a long lost college buddy, and very early on he said, "I assume you're going to vote for ."

It reminds me of a Bill Buckley article (in NR) I read years ago where he was describing his introduction to Ayn Rand at a social event. She walked up to him and her first sentence was approximately, "Surely you don't believe in God."

Different people have different beliefs, to be sure ... and while I may disagree with the people who have different beliefs than I do, at least I recognize that those different beliefs exist.

Your daughter did well to get that lady out of your house ... not because the visitor had different beliefs, but because said visitor couldn't acknowledge that in a democracy people WILL have different beliefs.

Anyway, I'm really enjoying your blog. My brother (Groovy Barry the mad Husker at placidquake.blogspot.com) directed me (elder brother at nutuba.blogspot.com) your direction.

Y'all are good writers, you offer good insight (and with good humor), and it's good stuff. Keep up the great work!


Posted by: Joel at October 31, 2008 03:04 PM