Raising the bar on glib, even for the Eloi at The Washington Post, former Post reporter Thomas E. Ricks includes Texas as one of the newspaper's “things to toss out” this year, along with flip-flops and Ben Bernanke.
“For decades, Texans have been clamoring about leaving the Union,” he writes. “Letting the Lone Star State secede would set a bad precedent. (See the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.) But what about expelling it instead? There is promise in that.”
But here is his error: “Texans have that Lone Star flag all set,” he says. “I think they’re ready to fly solo and lonely once again. Let them go.” In this day and age, what makes Ricks think that if Texas went, it would go alone?