Yesterday, as I was rolling along the New Jersey Turnpike on my way to Newark to fly to Texas, I heard the ad that Rick Perry and the State of Texas are running on New York radio. Take a listen for your morning chuckle...
I don't care who you are, that's funny.
The Perry ad makes explicit what we all know: That there is an argument going on between the blue and red state models in our great and ongoing national experiment. As we have all sorted ourselves in to ever more like-minded states, counties, and neighborhoods, we are drawing sharper distinctions in state and local policy even as our federal government struggles with gridlock. Perry makes an unreconstructed claim that the red-state model, most successfully implemented in Texas, is superior.
It will be interesting to see whether the regulatory blue states run countervailing ads in Texas. If they in fact believe their model is superior, why not make the case for it and thereby arrest their shrinking population and depleted tax base?
UPDATED: Commenter Eric Hines points out that New York has been running recruitment ads in Texas, although more in denial of the blue-state model than in support of it.