By Gail Collins

In essentially the most explosive and well timed political books in years, Gail Collins announces that "what occurs in Texas does not remain in Texas anymore."

Not till she visited Texas, that proud nation of massive oil and larger pursuits, did Gail Collins, the best-selling writer and columnist for the New York Times, observe that she had overlooked the single position that mattered so much in America’s political panorama. Raised in Ohio, Collins had formerly visible the yankee primary divide as a warfare among the Republican heartland and its liberal coasts. however the actual tale, she got here to determine, was once in Texas, the place Bush, Cheney, Rove, & Perry had created a conservative political time table that's now sweeping the rustic and defining our nationwide id. via its full of life help of banking deregulation, lax environmental criteria, and draconian tax cuts, via its fierce championing of states rights, gun possession, and, after all, sexual abstinence, Texas, with Governor Rick Perry’s presidential goals, has turn into the bellwether of a far-reaching nationwide move that maintains to have profound social and monetary results for us all. love it or now not, as Texas is going, so is going the state.

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If we want to understand what Texas means to the rest of the country, first we have to understand a little about what Texas means to Texans. The memory that it was once an independent country, and the conviction that it could be again, any time it wants to, weighs heavily in the state mentality. “We are very proud of our Texas history,” Rick Perry said in the wake of the secession dustup. “People discuss and debate the issues of can we break ourselves into five states, can we secede, a lot of interesting things that I’m sure Oklahoma and Pennsylvania would love to be able to say about their states, but the fact is, they can’t.

And that’s the traditional Texas spirit, at its best when there’s an enemy to rise up against. Outsized and brave. And frequently somewhat lunatic. ” To understand Texas’s role in our current national politics, you have to start with the great, historic American division between the people who live in crowded places and the people who live in empty places. Think about it: if your home turf is crowded, you will need rules to protect you from all sorts of intrusive behavior—noisy neighbors, factories that spew out pollution, dogs that poop on the sidewalk.

That was Dan Patrick, who in his non-legislative life is a radio talk show host once known for painting his face blue in honor of the Houston Oilers. ” It would have given Texas authorities the power to arrest any federal airport personnel who touched a passenger’s “private” areas during airplane security checks. Victory or death at the x-ray machine. In late December of 2011, after the US Senate came to a bipartisan agreement to extend a payroll tax cut for two months, the House Republicans unexpectedly rebelled, demanding that Speaker John Boehner fight to the (political) death on behalf of either their plan for a longer-term cut balanced by stringent spending reductions or nothing at all.

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