Bad News for Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R), who appointed a raving creationist dentist to head the Texas Board of Education (twice), came out this week with a populist grandstand play intended to capitalize on the tea party demonstrations, hinting that Texas might secede from the United States.
Unfortunately for Rick Perry, 75% of Texans disagree with him. So much for Perry’s attempted populism.
Thirty-one percent (31%) of Texas voters say that their state has the right to secede from the United States and form an independent country.
However, the latest Rasmussen Reports poll in the state finds that if the matter was put to a vote, it wouldn’t even be close. Three-fourths (75%) of Lone Star State voters would opt to remain in the United States. Only 18% would vote to secede, and seven percent (7%) are not sure what they’d choose.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, in response to a reporter’s question about secession at a protest “tea party,” said Wednesday, “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, you know, who knows what might come out of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.” The comment was widely reported in the media.