"Perry said he never called for leaving the union. But he didn't distance himself from supporters with secessionist sentiments, either.
"'Wasn't it a great display of our constitutional rights that we live in a country where we can stand up and say, "you know what I think we oughta secede, or I think we oughta do this or oughta do that,"' said Perry. "
Analysts think that his "Texas two-step" was actually a brilliant political maneuver to help Gov. Perry secure a conservative base. Still, it is daring for any governor not to dismiss secessionism outright, and he clearly is irritating some opinion leaders in the State.
If Washington continues to ignore the sentiments that were expressed in the tea parties Wednesday, there will be more "tea parties", more statements of this nature, and they will be better accepted.