If Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential plans go nowhere, there could be a new nation that might welcome leadership from someone of her illustrious, high-cheeked ancestry.
Organizers of the #CalExit initiative for California’s secession from the United States are now proposing to give away nearly half of the state, including all of its federal land, to form an “autonomous Native American nation.”

“Calexit,” as the proposal for California’s secession is known, was given the green light by the state government earlier this year to begin collecting signatures to place the measure on the November ballot. Advocates had until mid-October to gather 365,880 signatures of registered voters to put it up for a statewide vote.

But the revamp announced by Calexit’s founders on Tuesday adds an additional objective: constructing “the first ever autonomous Native American nation in North America,” by giving Native Americans all federal lands in the state, running from the border with Mexico to the state boundary shared with Oregon.

The #CalExit organizers explained the mad logic behind this particular scheme.

“Why not do something to right some of the wrongs of the past to the Native American people, and give them back their land?” Louis J. Marinelli, a Calexit co-founder, said Tuesday.

Because most of that land falls on the eastern, more conservative part of the state, one of the leaders of the group, Marcus Ruiz Evans, noted in a prepared statement that a side benefit would be to create a “buffer zone between Donald Trump’s America and the new independent California Republic.”

I hate to be the one to burst Marinelli’s bubble, but the conservatives on the eastern side of California are much happier with Trump’s America than Brown’s Sacramento. Therefore, this proposal would have little appeal to them. They would much rather create a new American state called Jefferson.

Legal Insurrection readers may recall that Marinelli was an organizer of a campaign called Yes California, which aimed to get the whole state of California to secede. Based on his history, one might suspect that idea might be an example of Russian meddling.

…They pulled the plug in April 2017 after Marinelli’s living situation in Russia prompted scrutiny from critics. At the time, he told the Los Angeles Times that the news media “simultaneously sensationalized, exaggerated and dramatized information about our campaign and particularly about myself in an effort to delegitimize our effort and demoralize our supporters.” (Marinelli has since moved back to California.)

Ruiz Evans also told the Sacramento Bee that Marinelli’s residence “spooked” donors to the campaign, who backed out as a result.

I suspect this plan will go exactly nowhere. However, if it does, the selection of their first leader is obvious.