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November 09, 2012 6:20 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Ah, what a week! You’ve heard about enough from me for a while, so I’ll get right on to the day’s leftovers:

* Petraeus resigns from CIA, citing extramarital affair. Seems if you want to find a sacred cow these days, you need to stick with an actual cow.

* More secession talk from Texas!

* 12 elected officials recalled on Election Day, while 10 others survived recalls. Who knew?

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff calls for some serious progressive heat on Obama now that he’s not in danger of being evicted from the White House.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that voters in four states approved ballot initiatives boosting funds for community colleges.

And in non-political news:

* New concert footage of Elvis! The age of miracles is not over.

Ryan Cooper will be in as our Weekend Blogger. I’m going to go see the new James Bond movie and then sleep for two days.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • CharlieM on November 09, 2012 6:28 PM:

    Fine by me.

    Give Texas back to Mexico. And apologize for having taken it while we're at it.
    Seriously. There comes a point where dealing with stupid is more trouble than it's worth. Let 'em go.

  • schtick on November 09, 2012 6:50 PM:

    What a bunch of bluster. Texas cries secede and they get welfare from the government along with their oil barons and still can't make it work. Let them try it for a few years and see where they end up. Mexico might not want them either.

  • Rick B on November 09, 2012 7:03 PM:

    The fantasy that Texas could secede and become once again an independent nation was totally quashed in the 1869 Supreme Court decision in Texas v. White. The essence of that decision was that when Texas joined the United States it became another state in the American union, and that such a decision was irrevocable.

    The U.S. Constitution does NOT permit states to unilaterally secede from the United States. Any acts by the legislatures of states attempting to secede are "absolutely null."

  • Joe Friday on November 09, 2012 7:06 PM:

    "Petraeus resigns from CIA, citing extramarital affair."

    Paula Broadwell. That's some bombshell.

  • Rick B on November 09, 2012 7:13 PM:

    Oh, and Charlie, Texas did not belong to Mexico when it joined the U.S. You couldn't give it back.

    Not, mind you, that Texas in such a case might not possibly join with the Zeta-dominated Tamaulipas to become another narco-state on the U.S. border. I'm not at all sure the Texas oil millionaires and religious fundamentalists who dominate the current Texas politics would be at all happy with such a state of affairs.

    Anyone interested in writing another Texas-oriented alternate future science fiction novel?

  • R on November 09, 2012 7:37 PM:

    Have a restful weekend, Ed. You deserve it.

  • Rich on November 09, 2012 8:36 PM:

    Saying "yes" or even "let's look into it" would make these characters shut up faster than anything else.

  • bcinaz on November 09, 2012 8:52 PM:

    Really, let's pick one of these yayhoo states and vote them off the island. How will that look in Texas when the Defense Department stops spending 300 billion in defense contracts and military stuff? Then NASA departs, and the federally funded Air Traffic Control System. Department of Education, HHS, Homeland Security. The FBI, ICE. The Federal Prisons are turned over to the state. When the fence is moved from Mexico to New Mexico and Oklahoma?

    Rick Perry could be a lifetime dictator until the Texas Army became powerful enough to stage a coup - then you know, Foreign Aid and Military intervention.

  • boatboy_srq on November 10, 2012 1:49 AM:

    The U.S. Constitution does NOT permit states to unilaterally secede from the United States.

    What does it say about eviction from the Union? We can even admit Puerto Rico and keep all the bunting unchanged.

    I'm with Rich: they'll whinge and moan and threaten to "leave" - but even hint that we'd just as soon they did that (or even suggest we dismiss them from our presence) and you'll see real panic in Austin. Think of all the DoD installations that would get uprooted, and all those military paychecks that'll get spent in some (other) state. It would be worth the trouble of going through the eviction process just to see the look on the Texan GOTeahadist delegation's faces when they get ushered out of the Capital.

  • MuddyLee on November 10, 2012 6:14 AM:

    Cue up the Ray Wylie Hubbard song: Screw You, We're from Texas. But maybe the USA keeps Austin, kind of like Berlin used to be or the way Guantanomo Bay is now. As part of the deal, all ultra conservatives (this means YOU, South Carolina republicans) get a one-way travel voucher to the Texas border.