I asked a prominent international scholar and editor in Ottawa if Canada had a contingency plan if America fell apart.

“Remember: Canada was and is the contingency plan ...” he said, with a smiley face symbol at the end of his comments.

All in good fun, but the case was made and repeated here in New Hampshire and in Vermont at the beginning of the war on Iraq, that our states and Maine had more in common with the eastern provinces of Canada than we did with Texas. And with no place to turn, we would look north, where we on the edges have cousins.