During the last week of the legislative session, a kindergartener named John-Henry came by the Capitol for a visit.
(Yes, this is a true story. No, it doesn’t end with John-Henry fixing school finance or convincing the Governor to expand Medicaid. Please set your expectations accordingly.)
John-Henry got a look at many of the always-beautiful, occasionally functional features of this building – the Rotunda, the Senate and House chambers, etc. Part of his visit was to my office (located in Room E1.606 in the Capitol’s underground exurbs north of the dome; be sure to swing by if you find yourself tunneling to Round Rock).
I guess he had a pretty good time, because he sent a very nice letter to my office a couple of weeks ago. It included a drawing of one of the Capitol’s less-obvious attractions: one of the voting panels on the representatives’ desks in the House Chamber.
And the caption, apparently dictated by the artist, is, well, classic:
“This is a picture of the desks where the Congresspeople sit. They have these buttons for voting ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ and ‘they don’t want to say how they feel.’ ”
For the uninitiated, the third button actually registers a legislator as “present-not-voting.” If that seems technical and legalistic, it’s only because “I don’t want to say how I feel” is a little too accurate.