In his letter (.pdf) to other governors, Schweitzer makes clear he's not going to ask for an extension.
"Today, I am asking you to join with me in resisting the DHS coercion to comply with the provisions of REAL ID, " Schweitzer wrote. "If we stand together either DHS will blink or Congress will have to act to avoid havoc at our nation's airports and federal courthouses."
And one "well said" for Bob Barr at the Washington Times:
While disingenuously professing no desire to "punish" citizens because the government of the state in which they live might not be ready to jump onto the federal government's Real ID bandwagon, Mr. Chertoff said this was precisely what the department would do.
In a refrain distressingly typical of how this administration routinely treats notions of federalism and individual liberty, last Friday Mr. Chertoff said, "The last thing I want to do is punish citizens of a state who would love to have a Real ID license but can't get one, but in the end, the rule is the rule."
In fact, the Real ID act rushed through Congress three years ago by the Republican majority in cahoots with a Republican president, presents serious financial and privacy concerns to the states; concerns that have not been addressed by our federal benefactors. The law details requirements for drivers' licenses if they are to be accepted for air travel or any other purpose regulated or controlled in any way by a federal agency or a federal law....
Unless this situation changes, it will provide yet another clear example of how both major political parties remain firmly under control of Big Government advocates.
I'm a conservative. I've always been Republican. But more important than "party" is "Constitution" and "freedom."
I apologize for this mess my own party created. But they made this mess by forgetting what we sent them to Washington to do--limit the government.
All I can say to the Republicans is, on this point, "You blew it guys. Fix it."
Please read the above articles in their entirety.