Texas Wants to Secede? That Sounds Great!

Democrats would love to have state's 34 electoral votes back
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 1:31 PM CDT
Eliminating Texas would be great for Democrats.
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(Newser) – Rick Perry’s talk of seceding from the union might seem crazy, but calling the Texas governor's bluff would be a great deal for Democrats, writes Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com. Consider:

  • Democrats would suddenly have a filibuster-proof majority in the 98-seat Senate.
  • Republicans would lose eight more House members than Democrats.
  • George W. Bush would never have been elected.

  • Barack Obama would have won the Electoral College 389-147 rather than 365-173; most of Texas’ electoral votes would go to left-leaning states like California and New York.
  • There’d be a case for making football an Olympic sport, “which would sure as hell beat rhythmic gymnastics.”
“This all sounds like a pretty good deal to me,” Silver concludes, “provided there weren’t import duties on Shiner Bock."