An online Texas petition to secede from the union is nearing 100,000 votes now, giving the group leading the charge its 15 minutes. Politico interviews Texas Nationalist Movement leader Daniel Miller:
- On Obama: Election Day "was a catalyzing moment," but this isn't just about the president. "This cake has been baking for a long time—it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”
- On Gandhi: Luckily, there won't be a civil war, or even violent protests. “We walk in the same vein as Gandhi and those guys."
- On heading mainstream: “For the longest time, this was what people would classify as a fringe issue. It was relegated to the back rooms in the cafés. But in 2008, 2009—the tail end of the Bush administration and start of Obama’s—what you saw was kind of interesting. This issue went to being part of the political discourse."
The Daily Caller, meanwhile, reports that similar petitions from 50 states are now up on the White House website, and six others besides Texas have reached the 25,000-signature threshold to warrant an automatic review by the administration. (They are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee, for the record.)