There are now five Republican governors involved in the rejection front. They are: Sanford of South Carolina, Jindal of Louisiana, Barbour of Mississippi, Perry of Texas and Bob Riley of Alabama according to USA Today. Where they come together is rejecting Federal assistance for unemployment benefits, and also for education and health expenditures.
South Carolina's Governor Mark Sanford refuses to take Federal stimulus money because he says it is a "predatory loan" against future generations. That means Tysheoma's High School won't get rebuilt. Tysheoma is the Junior High Student invited to the state of the union by the Obamas. It means South Carolina's unemployed, now nearing 11% and one of the highest official levels in the country won't get the relief available from the package, unlessthe state legislature acts to overide his arbitrary wilfullness.
Governor Perry in Texas feels the same way about the unemployed Sanford does. He's decided to refuse a part of the package that would bring relief to the unemployed because the measure is anti-business. Texas politics is in an uproar over this just like South Carolina's.
Sanford is not just a state level political figure. He's a former Goldman Sachs banker who is also the head of the Republican
Governor's Association. He's made himself a national issue for many reasons. Yesterday he was quipping to the press that Obama's programs are leading the US down the same path Zimbabwe is on. Rep Jim Clyburn also from South Carolina has taken up the cudgels against Sanford saying he's gone "beyond the pale." Perry thinks he's a got presidential potential for 2012. Stranger things have happened to fly by I guess.
Coverage of the situations in both "rejection front" states detailed opposition to the fundamentlist governors in the ranks of the Republican parties. Such fights will shape national political outcomes in a more interesting way than the defective fanatics of the Washington rejection frontistas like Bohner, Blunt and McConnell.