Interesting to still see much analysis of the recent national plebiscite. Two items of interest that haven't been heard much. One is from history: no candidate since James Polk in 1844 has won election without winning either his birth or resident state. Mitt Romney lost both his home state of Michigan and Massachusetts, his current residence. The other is from exit polls here: more voters described themselves as moderates -- 39 percent -- followed by 35 percent who said they were conservative and 26 percent who said they were liberal.
As a card-carrying independent who would have described himself as he exited the voting booth as "moderate", it is interesting to find oneself in the company of a plurality of Michiganders.
Then there is this curiosity: Michigan is said to be one of 20 states for which signatures are found on the White House website to secede from the Union following the President’s re-election. News reports indicate that the petition is entitled: "Peacefully grant the State of Michigan to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." Apparently, if it nets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, a response will issue from the White House.
I wonder what our Michigan Civil War vets, as well as the contemporaneous generations, would have said about the matter.