Back in 2004, when George W. Bush won the smallest precentage victory for the re-election of a president in wartime, HBO host Bill Maher had a commentary on Real Time where he usedÂ a phrase to descrive the South, “Upon further review, you can go.” making a reference to the South’s attempt to secede from the Union.Â Now Texas Governor Rick Perry is featured on a YouTube video calling for the secession of Texas from the Union due to the interference of the Federal Government (while still claiming a vast majority of stimulus money, mind you).
more after the jump….
The Bottom line is the loss of Texas from the union means greater political power for California and New York, and even stronger Democratic Party control of the federal government.
We are in no way advocating the secession of Texas from the Union; but aren’t there any sane voices from the Republican right to tell Rick Perry to shut up?
Remove Texas from the equation, and the folks at www.fivethirtyeight.com say these things would be revised:
If Texas were not in the Union, the Democrats would currently have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate — or at least they would once Al Franken gets seated. This is because, in a 98-seat Senate, only 59 votes would be required to break a filibuster.
— If Texas were not in the Union, the Republicans would operate from a significantly weakened position in the House, since the net 8-vote advantage their congressional delegation gives them in the state (they have 20 seats to the Democrats’ 12) is by far their largest.
— If Texas were not in the Union, George W. Bush would never have become President in 2000 — not because he’d be constitutionally ineligible (Bush, despite his Texas twang, was born in posh New Haven, Connecticut). Rather, he wouldn’t have had enough Electoral Votes to defeat Al Gore.
— If Texas were not in the Union, Barack Obama would have won the Electoral College 389-147 instead of 365-173 (note that there are two fewer votes total, because there would be two fewer Senators). The vast majority of Texas’ electoral votes would be redistributed to lib’rul states like California (which would go from having 55 electoral votes to 59) and New York (34 rather than 31):
California 55 --> 59 (+4) New York 31 --> 34 (+3) Florida 27 --> 29 (+2) Illinois 21 --> 23 (+2) Michigan 17 --> 19 (+2)