An interesting tidbit on Political Wire today:

Earlier this year, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “was one of a handful of Republican governors who refused some federal stimulus funds from President Obama’s economic recovery package on the grounds that there were too many strings attached to the money,” CBS News reports.

“Now that the state is dire straits, however, Perry is asking the federal government for a loan to cover the very expenses the rejected stimulus money would have paid for.”

If Governor Perry hadn’t been grandstanding, even hinting toward secession a few months ago, and was instead focused on governing his state to the best of his ability, perhaps he would have been insightful enough to gather that he could have used the stimulus money to cover those needs.

Instead, Texas is regrettably saddled with a governor intent on winning childish skirmishes and re-fighting battles that were settled nearly 150 years ago.