Secession—it’s all the rage

If Barack Obama wins a second term in the White House, Frank Rich has suggested, the Right is going to go absolutely nuts. I suspect Rich is correct—we haven’t seen anything like the rage that will consume the Right, who have up to now convinced themselves that the polls are skewed or something. There will considerable denial, and then another lurch to the right. Larison has this spot on as well, as do any other number of commentators. As a result, we can expect secession fever to ratchet up. We’ve gone over this a number of times on this blog—S&R have provided a number of posts on the fact that while we might regard it as desirable that a bunch of the country wants to leave to start their own Baptist Republic, the problem is they just can’t afford to go it alone—they rely too much on a federal gravy train. So we’re probably struck with them for the time being.

Misery loves company, however. The US South is not the only place in the world these days contemplating Secession. In fact, it’s probably not even the most vocal about it either. Continue reading

How the Scrogues discovered politics

I saw a small notice on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday October 26: “Romney will return to Ohio this evening with his running mate Paul Ryan for a rally at North Canton Hoover High School.”

It took me back to my senior year at North Canton Hoover High School. It was May of 1980. Our Senior Recognition Assembly was coming up and we found out that our guest speaker (usually someone quickly forgotten) was going to be GOP presidential hopeful George H. W. Bush. He was still in the race against that actor from California. The father of one of my classmates was involved with George Bush’s Ohio campaign and he arranged for the honor of the appearance.

I was one of those Library Nerds–the kids who volunteered to work at the circulation desk. I voraciously read all the newspapers and magazines I could. I was deeply suspicious about the activities of the CIA and, since George Bush had been its head, suspicious of him. I had also been through the most rigorous political indoctrination that my social studies teacher could devise. Continue reading