Tom Wolfe was interviewed in the Saturday edition of the WSJ and he raised the issue of Blue states Vs. Red states in the best description I've ever heard.
"And so many of them are so caught up in this kind of metropolitan intellectual atmosphere that they simply don't go across the Hudson River. They literally do not set foot in the United States. We live in New York in one of the two parenthesis states. They're usually called blue states--they're not blue states, the states on the coast. They're parenthesis states--the entire country lies in between." (emphasis mine)
What a great way to look at it.