GOP Rep. Zach Wamp Talks Secession

Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate talks about leaving the Union. Haven't we been down this road before?

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Rep. Zach Wamp, a Republican House member running for governor of Tennessee, is making a strong play for the crazy portion of the Volunteer State GOP primary electorate. He told Hotline OnCall that the new healthcare law might spur some states to secede from the Union. Haven't we seen this show before? Spoiler alert: States can't secede.

Wamp said:

I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government.

Did I say crazy? I'm no lawyer, but I do believe that advocating the forcible dissolution of the union flirts with (if not beds) actual treason. Maybe we finally know who Michele Bachmann was talking about when she famously said the media should investigate anti-American members of Congress.

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Wamp is in a three way race for the GOP nomination to run for governor of Tennessee. Neither of his opponents agreed with his musings about trying to destroy the United States. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told Hotline that Wamp has an "over-the-top temperament and overheated, sometimes crazy rhetoric." Crazy indeed.

Incredibly, Wamp's not even the first pol to nose around secession. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who Wamp approvingly cites, talked in the spring of 2009 about leaving the union. (And despite what popular myth would have you believe, Texas doesn't have a special right to secede.)

And then of course there's Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell who earlier this year celebrated "Confederate History Month." Never mind that the Confederacy was a treasonous attempt to destroy the country, and arguably the greatest existential threat the nation has ever seen. Why do these GOP pols hate America so? 

Wamp is one of the few remaining members of the GOP Class of 1994 who hasn't been drummed from public life because of scandal, or voter dissatisfaction. Maybe Tennessee's August 5 primary will consign Wamp to political history as well.

Update: Wamp walks back the secession talk.

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