But Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty and the Pauls might be considered “Western” conservatives. Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ahead. Mitt Romney, the winner, was the only Eastern conservative.
Said here recently, Jeb Bush is the “returning” candidate for a country worn out on ephemeral fad, propagandized Hollywood frenzy, political neurosis and novelty and distraction passing as “change.” That is Jeb’s constituency; the Bushes fit like an old uncle’s J. Press suit. Return it to these Eastern families. Those Massachusetts and New York families have governed us since the beginning of American time with only a brief departure — Andrew Jackson — then a batch of presidents from Ohio post-Civil War before the decent interval passed for New York to take over again.
Then suddenly, Reagan. The Western conservatives did cross the river and cross they did with Ronald Reagan. He was the first True West conservative and awakened the Western political paradigm. But he will not be the last as economy and demographics bring it forward: All features head west to the Pacific.
Possibly it is why they are so angry back east: Time and demographics are leaving them behind.
Read what Gail Collins of The New York Times has to say about Texas and fellow Times columnist Charles Blow about “the incredible and disturbing concentrations of power” in that dark and mysterious neverworld that sweeps the entire 2,777 miles between LA and the Jersey Shore.
Then on June 19, the president suggested an escape to “EurAmerica.” Not long ago, tying back with England was suggested at The Times as the mooks in Death Crypt, Kan., were getting all constitutional — Sarah Palin, don’t cha know. And Jefferson, avatar of the rural awakening, was offered as a virtual “monster.”
Do these people — the Eastern Establishment — even like America? Have they ever been there?