Thursday Open Thread: Political Geography and Perspective Edition

In this open thread, I want us to have an opportunity to discuss the vastly different political, demographic and ethnographic makeups of different parts of America.  I have said for a long time that a lot of rage by the so-called left ideological establishment towards President Obama is a lack of grounding of some groups and activists on the liberal coasts about the rest of America (which makes it easy for them to get enraged when they see something not happening their way 100%).  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I am proud of my San Francisco values, but I always try to have a perspective that the rest of the country has a different makeup.

The reason this is important is that we are one country, but because of the noise machines in politics, we seem to be incapable of having adult conversations about politics.  Perspective is sorely lacking, and me-isms are rising.  What's your experience?  What's your take on perspective, political demographics etc. based on where you live, where you have traveled, or what you have studied?  As always, this is an open thread, so other topics are welcome too.

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