Yes, Perry made his secessionist comments as part of a campaign to defeat Kay Bailey Hutchison in his re-election campaign. And he beat her. But that doesn't make these comments less dangerous. It makes them even more so.
What will tea party voters think when someone points out that Rick Perry was elected not once but three times as a Democrat, voted for what remains today the largest tax increase in modern Texas history, and even served as state chairman of Al Gore's first run for president?