…maybe they’d take away his parking space, too.
What is it with Republican Governors these days. Especially, Republican Governors with national aspirations. It’s almost as if they can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Even members of their own party have noticed. And it seems as if they are trying to send a message…
The Texas House Friday voted to drain most of GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s office budget and instead spend the money on community mental health crisis services and veterans’ services.
The move, which came during House debate on a $178.4 billion proposal for the two-year period starting Sept. 1, immediately drew a reference to Perry’s recent comments about Texas’ ability to secede from the union. The comments have drawn national attention and some lawmakers’ ire.
“Two days after the governor threatens secession, the House zeroes out his budget,” said Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, House Appropriations Committee vice chairman.(1)
It’s times like these when I really miss Miss Molly…She would be givin’ “Governor Goodhair” what for in a heartbeat.
I was listening to the Hardball podcast yesterday morning as Chris Matthews had Tom Delay on trying to spin the secession comments made by Perry. You heard all of the old arguments that reared their heads back in the first attempt…states rights, sovereignty, etc…Then he went into an attempt to sell the assumption that if Texas attempted to exercise it’s treaty rights to split into five states the US Congress would kick us out. We wouldn’t have to secede.
It seems to me that all these old right-wing exes need to simmer down. While it may be true that in the crowds they run in these kinds of things are talked about often, I don’t think a majority of Texans are wanting to give up our American citizenship to follow these idiots off into the wilderness. And these are the guys who keep mentioning not drinking the cool aide.
Texas Republicans have made quite a name for themselves in the past two decades. It’s too bad they don’t realize what that name is…
Then Gail Collins had this to say…
We don’t want to blame all Texans for the high jinks in Austin. It’s a state full of lovely people, three-fourths of whom, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, have no desire whatsoever to secede from the United States.
But Perry really understands how that other quarter feels.(2)