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temperature early in the day, but he showed up to chair the first meeting of the vote on the resolution. There was a roar of “Ayes.” Then there was a roar of “Nays.” Davis said the “nays” had it. Then there was one helluva roar. Booing, clapping, shouting from all over the hall and finally the chant, “Roll call vote.” Delegates poured out of their chairs and mobbed the front of the podium. Davis’ calls for order went unheeded. Finally Evans came back to the mike and said that working folks had been given an extraordinary opportunity to present their resolution but that they had agreed not to hold up the convention and so would everyone calm down. A chant started in the back of the crowd massed in front of him, “We’ve got a sell-out.” But although Evans had pledged to help expedite the convention, it was clear that he was pretty pleased with the protest. At any rate, he was grinning broadly when the “Roll call vote” chant swelled up again louder than ever. After a few minutes, Davis decided to allow a senatorial district. Davis was heard on the phone, apparently talking to Briscoe, saying, “Look, none of the other committee reports are in yet, so we ‘night as well count them: we haven’t got anything else to do.” To outraged Wallaceites, Davis said, “Ah, Governor Wallace doesn’t care anything about a lettuce resolution.” THE LIBS were stronger than usual on the boycott question since the verboten iceberg lettuce had appeared in the salad the night before at the $25-a-plate “Tops in Texas” dinner. UFWOC workers said Roy Orr’s assistants had promised them that a fruit salad would be served at the dinner. Such treachery. The Wallaceites are just as adamantly pro-lettuce, for unknown reasons, as the libs are anti. Somehow the lettuce boycott seems to have become identified with pinko-ism, in minds of the Wallaces. One stereotype of Wallaceites holds that they are hard-hats, blue-collar, union-workers. But Texas union members, on the whole, are clear on how lettuce relates to the Farmworkers’ labor struggles. The Texas AFL-CIO has been supporting the Farmworkers for years. An utterly unscientific canvass of the Wallaceites at the state convention uncovered zero union members and a whole bunch of dentists. The Good Guys won on the UFWOC resolution, 1884 to 1804. The younger McGovern delegates considered the vote a smashing victory, the one moment of authentic drama and power-to-the-people during the convention. The older libs 4 The Texas Observer Billie Can viewed the victory more cynically, as the one vote the chair always gives to the convention to keep the delegates believing that they’re actually deciding what goes on. But the Dallas Morning News later called the vote “ill-advised” so it can’t have been all bad. Briscoe was reportedly incensed by the results of the vote on the lettuce boycott resolution and wanted to call for a recount. His advisers restrained him. They seem to spend a lot of time doing that. Briscoe led off the morning speeches by the party’s candidates with a new high in soporific expertise. “I should just tape record this and throw away my Valium,” said an ex-newsman. Barefoot was the next man at bat, and he too managed to get through an entire speech without mentioning the party’s presidential nominee. Hobby was next up, and in his last paragraph he gulped out, “Let’s join together in an effort to insure reason, decency and respect for the individual in Texas. This can only be achieved by the election of Dolph Briscoe governor, Barefoot Sanders U.S. Senator, and George McGovern President of the United States. Thank you.” Alas, no one noticed. Lubbockians started a poker game by the District 28 standard early in the afternoon. Some incredibly naive chairwoman said to her senatorial district, “Now there are people sitting here who are not delegates from our district and I want all of them to promise not to vote.” A not-so-naive chairman hollered, “Check the badge of the person next to you: everybody check the badge of the person next to you: we might have some cheaters in here.” The platform turned out to be a no-sweat issue, thanks largely to Will Davis. Liberals were pleasantly surprised to find the busing issue finessed and a strongish women’s rights section. Reporters kept solicitously asking liberal leaders if they felt they could go along with Briscoe’s platform. Finally Billy Can, in high cotton after the McGovernite coup, let slip that Davis had given the platform to her and other liberals a week before so they could do some work on it. Can wasn’t supposed to tell anyone. Alen Segar of the 14th senatorial district got the platform amended on the convention floor so that it called for full financial disclosure by candidates and for less wire-tapping. The 14th was very proud. The 16th was a mess. The Dallas district is Wallace dominated, but has some feisty Lipscomb, former mayoral candidate. They got into a “roll call vote” fight early in the convention that rapidly reached the screaming-pushing-shoving stage. For sadistic liberals, one of the more pleasant spectacles at the convention was the sight of Hall Timanus signing a loyalty oath in which he pledged to support George McGovern for president. Timanus, a fairly slick Houston corporate attorney, seems an unlikely leader for the populist Wallace forces. A Nancy Palm Republican, one would have guessed. About 25 Wallace delegates from District Three walked out around noon. They were all carrying Confederate flags and one of them held a tape recorder that was playing “Dixie.” When interviewed outside, they said they were fed up and saw no point in staying: they also said the plans for the walkout had been made after the convention started. They all intended to vote for Nixon and Grover. “Briscoe’s wishy-washy, just like Nixon,” said one. “Grover’s my man, at least he takes a stand on busing. I’ve never voted Republican before in my life, but I’m voting for Grover,” said another. By the end of the day, the absenteeism had clearly worked in the liberals’ favor: they had floor control from about 5 p.m. on. But in isolated districts, they were wiped out by absenteeism. For example, in the Nueces County delegation, which is almost half-Wallace, the liberals failed to show and the Wallace forces got a sweep on all the convention and party positions. THE RESOLUTIONS committee meeting got interesting. They passed a resolution favoring the decriminalization of pot possession 18-13, but then Don O’Brien, the new man from McGovern headquarters, schlepped in, the committee recessed for five minutes, O’Brien gave the kids the pitch on how this would embarrass when the committee reconvened, the motion was reconsidered and lost 16-14. The anti-busing resolution was tabled. The committee passed a resolution for the Farmworkers after some lady from San