I would actually argue that this is an antiquated way of looking at things. I would be more interested to know which cities leaned more toward statism and which generally leaned away.
Yes, this is the genius masterstroke the DC GOP has been waiting for.
You have to hand it to the establishment. They keep trying. So what if Romney is another big government Republican which a large part of the GOP vote couldn’t really support in 2012. The consultants which got paid big time during the 2012 Romney run could get paid again! And if Romney could somehow get the nomination it would be another blow to the libertarian/conservative coalition in the Tea Party. Win/win. Well not for the American people, and probably not for Mitt Romney. But certainly a win for the folks who work in Downtown DC.
It is rather silly that in this day and age that only the Republicans and Democrats get the main debate stage.
Colorado is a political bellwether. It is an interesting mix of rural and city, hippie and frontierspeople, gun nuts and gun control laws, new west and old west. It is perhaps the purplist of purple states. And right now Rand Paul is not quite crushing Hillary Clinton, but soundly ahead of her in this very important electoral state.
Living it up with other people’s money. It’s long been a pastime for our government. (And governments in general. The British still put up with a “royalty.”)
You, you see aren’t in government. You are simply not that important. To the degree that you exist you exist as a profit center for us, the people who run the show. We can wipe you out with a fountain pen. You should be thankful to pay for our private jets.
In my very brief time on Capitol Hill after college I remember that raising money as soon as a Congressperson was elected was of the absolute highest priority. If one didn’t raise a pile of money early the other party might perceive you as weak and would then dump cash into your next opponent’s campaign.
I object to the whole Republican/Democrat red/blue thing, but this is still a great chart. For the record I am more a beer kind of guy.
As professor Codevilla points out crony capitalism is a bipartisan endeavor. It’s not just the establishment GOP, it’s the Dems too. But strange things are afoot in the Republican Party.