It's rather humorous to read Kevin Levin (as well as other critics) refer to politicians, patriots, and states as "nutty" for supporting variations of nullification - states rights. Those critics may want to read the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It's also important to remember that the federal government was a creation of the states, not the other way around. Yes, I understand how things have evolved since 1787, but that does not change original intent, nor the fact courts still occasionally acknowledge the validity of the 10th amendment. And, evidently, there's still a healthy minority in the United States that agrees with the principle. Moreover, it's more often "nuts" on the left who support secession type movements, not "nuts" on the right:
"According to a Zogby poll conducted in July , more than 20% of U.S. adults -- one in five, about the same number of American Colonists who supported revolt against England in 1775 -- agreed that "any state or region has the right to peaceably secede from the United States and become an independent republic."
(See the related LA Times Op-ed piece here.)
Here are some additional findings from the poll itself:
"The level of support for the right of secession was consistent in every region in the country, though the percentage was slightly higher in the South (26%) and the East (24%). The figures were also consistent for every age group, but backing was strongest among younger adults, as 40% among those age 18 to 24 and 24% among those age 25 to 34 agreed states and regions have secession rights."
And . . .
"Broken down by race, the highest percentage agreeing with the right to secede was among Hispanics (43%) and African-Americans (40%)."
And . . .
"Politically, liberal thinkers were much more likely to favor the right to secession for states and regions . . ."
Of course, the dirty little secret is that many of the 10th amendment/states rights/nullification most vocal critics supported Barack Obama for President. Clearly it's extremely hypocritical of ANY Obama supporter to refer to almost any other political faction in America as "nutty." Good Lord, just Google Obama's associations and supporters and see what crawls out of the woodwork. Kinda hard to claim credibility on the nutty issue, isn't it? Frankly, I find it laughable.
As I've already noted, and pointed out here before (See here and here), it's primarily those on the left who have, in recent years, called for nullification's extreme cousin, secession. And, let's not forget, while Kevin calls those who support a strict interpretation of the 10th amendment "nutty", the man he endorsed for President supported his party's 2008 platform; a platform which supported Hawaii's "self-determination" (secession). President Obama is also rather chummy with LaRaza, an organization which supports the secession of the American southwest. So who's nutty?