Conservative Leaders Reject Secession Talk In Wake Of Obama’s Election
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The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From TPM:
If hardcore conservatives are looking for generals in their post-election civil war, they may have to look beyond some of the biggest names on the right.
Following President Obama’s re-election last week, a group of virulently anti-Obama Republicans has apparently suggested pulling the plug on the whole United States of America thing and splintering off into nations for which Obama is not at the top of the government. Two of the most incendiary conservative leaders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and RedState founder Erick Erickson, called on the would-be secessionists to stand down on Tuesday, potentially pitting them against a grassroots backlash following last week’s election.
It’s not clear how serious the movement is, exactly. Somewhat anonymous petitions have been filed on the White House website in the days following Obama’s reelection calling for dozens of states to be allowed to leave the US. The Texas petition is garnering the most notoriety, both because it has the most signatures and because it involves Texas, a state where talk of secession pops up regularly.
Last time around, the man at the center of the Republic Of Texas talk was Perry, who gave a shoutout to seceding from Obama’s America’s in 2009 while not directly endorsing the concept. It was all part of Perry’s plan to cast himself as Mr. Tenth Amendment in the run up to his own bid to lead all 50 of the United States as president. The secession stuff followed Perry to his short presidential campaign, forcing Perry to distance himself from Texas secessionists in 2011.
With Texas secessionism back in the news, Perry is again declining to get on board.