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Commentary: Plenty of foolishness on Texas campaign trail

Some of the candidates for governor are a few snowballs shy of a shovel load.

And I'm not just talking about Citizen Medina.

Let's go back to the original sound-bite silliness in this governor's race. Back in April, Gov. Rick Perry failed to condemn an idea every bit as nutty as a 9-11 conspiracy.

If you think Medina is waffling by saying that "very good questions" exist about the 9-11 attacks, let's take another look at Texas history as taught by His Hairness.

On April 15, after headlining one of his fake-Tea Party rallies at the Texas Capitol, Perry said Texas can quit the U.S. anytime we want.

The exact quote: "Texas is a unique place. When we came into the Union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that."

Unlike Medina, Perry left no question.

He blatantly asserted that Texas has some legal escape clause -- that we can jump up anytime and say, "The deal's off -- buh-bye!"

Like Medina, Perry was given a second chance to distance.

Like Medina, he declined.

The next day, Perry told the Austin American-Statesman: "We are very proud of our Texas history. People discuss and debate the issues of 'Can we break ourselves into five states? Can we secede?'"

But only Perry seems to think we can secede.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a former attorney general, has said that nothing in constitutional law gives Texas an exit plan.

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