I walked in on a political conversation at work - better than most, really. One participant was bemoaning that it was hard for Obama to govern because the country was just so big. There were so many things to keep track of, and a president couldn't be everything to everyone. (To answer the obvious, no, there was no "maybe we were too hard on Bush" followup. Are you crazy?) Another mentioned that he had always thought America's size was part of the resentment other countries felt toward us, and perhaps we could devolve into some regional entities - still united, but more independent. Yes, the other noted, and this might be good culturally as well, because not all regions of America thought the same. If the Pacific Coast region wanted to legalise marijuana, they could do it. If the Midwest didn't, they wouldn't.
Wow, I said, with a bit of a smirk. What a great idea. We could call them "states."