Ba Bye: We'd All Be Better Off if Texas Seceded

Nate Silver, as usual, has the real numbers, Karl. Perhaps the rest of the country should consider kicking Texas out of the Union?

Maybe Democrats should take Rick Perry up on his idea that Texas should secede from the Union.


-- If Texas were not in the Union, the Democrats would currently have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate -- or at least they would once Al Franken gets seated. This is because, in a 98-seat Senate, only 59 votes would be required to break a filibuster.

-- If Texas were not in the Union, the Republicans would operate from a significantly weakened position in the House, since the net 8-vote advantage their congressional delegation gives them in the state (they have 20 seats to the Democrats' 12) is by far their largest.

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