According to the Washington Post, “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will headline a fundraiser for fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas next month in Richmond.” According to McDonnell’s senior political advisor, Phil Cox, “the two governors have become good friends while serving on the Republican Governors Association executive committee and share a lot in common.” So, I’m wondering, does McDonnell share with Perry the following?
In April 2009, Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, appeared to endorse a resolution supporting Texan sovereignty at a Tea Party in Austin, Texas, following a question from a reporter.
There’s a lot of different scenarios. Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that…. My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, will pay attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and a pretty independent lot to boot.
[QUESTION: last I checked, Democrats won overwhelming victories in 2006 and 2008, and “Washington” is now carrying out the program they ran on and were given a mandate to enact; how is that “thumbing their nose at the American people” exactly? Last I checked, there were other people in this country besides right-wing Republicans like Perry, McDonnell, etc.]
In response, the Amarillo Globe-News wrote that people should be very careful about using the “s-word.” Yet, the paper points, “there he was, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, implying the s-word – secession – in a frightening context.”
OK, he didn’t advocate secession outright. He didn’t say that Texas should pull out of the union just because Texans are mad at the feds’ tax policies.
But he uttered some words that take that discussion to a level not heard since, oh, 1861 – when Texas in fact did secede and joined the Confederate States of America.
We all know what happened next.
So, since Bob McDonnell has become “good friends” with Rick Perry, and since the two men “share a lot in common,” the question is, does McDonnell “share” Perry’s view on possibly seceding from the Union “if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people”? Has McDonnell consulted with his Attorney General, Ken Kook-inelli, on this one? Heh.