Republicans in northeast Colorado, northern California and now western Maryland are incensed that they should have to endure living in blue states with such horrors as health care.
So they want to break away and set up separate states --sort of the way West Virginia separated from Virginia during the Civil War.
Of course, that cuts both ways, doesn't it?
What about the folks who live on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River who must endure living under Republican rule in Mississippi?
Follow below the orange squiggle to learn about the 54th state -- West Mississippi.
Of course, West Mississippi is purely conceptual. There is no secession movement in Mississippi like there is in northeast Colorado or elsewhere because the folks in West Mississippi have too much freaking common sense.
But, since we are talking about imaginary states that will never exist, let's consider the possibility of a deep blue region seceding from a deep red state.
West Mississippi would consist of 29 counties that stretch from the southern suburbs of Memphis south along the river all the way to Natchez and McComb.
It would include the capital of Jackson, as well as Vicksburg. It would include two of the top 3 largest counties by population -- Hinds and Desoto.
It would include the entire region known as the Delta.
The population of West Mississippi would be 1,030,764. That's bigger than Montana, South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.
West Mississippi voted for President Obama over Mitt Romney by a 59.3 to 40.7 margin. And that's even though six of the 29 counties actually voted for Romney.
And it doesn't even include the six Arkansas counties and three Louisiana parishes on the west side of the river that voted for Obama that might want to join West Mississippi.
It would be America's first black-majority state.