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( Sep. 1st, 2009 11:27 am)
It has become fashionable in Texas politics to play the secession card, claiming (falsely) that the treaty that brought Texas into the union has an opt-out clause that would let them withdraw at any time. [livejournal.com profile] redneckgaijin has commented on how stupid a move that would be (and will likely need to correct me on the next bit in a few places), even if it wasn't the sort of thing that leads to a shooting war.

But, from what I've heard, the treaty does give Texas the option of splitting into several smaller states at a later date, should they vote to do so. I'm pretty sure they could work out a way to do this that ensured all the new Senators would be Republicans, plus it would inflate the Texan electoral college representation significantly. Sure, it would be expensive, but it's the sort of (potentially short-sighted) power grab I'm surprised none of these secessionists have proposed. Split into five pieces, and "Greater Texas" has ten Senate seats, at least until the regional stresses break up the voting bloc (i.e. the border states and the non-border states would probably disagree on some things). The House seats would probably not change significantly, they might pick up a seat or two on rounding errors if they finesse things right.

Of course, it wouldn't really look like anything BUT a naked power grab, so it might be hard to sell to the sane segment of the Texan population, which I have been assured is not the Empty Set.
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( Jan. 3rd, 2008 09:43 pm)
Huckabee's on TV giving his "we win!" speech. In the tight focus shot, two people are visible over his shoulders. His wife, naturally, and...well-known supporter Chuck Norris. Heh.
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