Geography is irrelevant. The GOP elite are out of touch with the founding principles and to maintain that power they forget to teach the people the history of our beginning. They are as out of touch as England was to the colonists. There is a reason the DC beltway becomes a way of thinking which is why the founders created a republic with checks and balances between the feds and the states. Unfortunately, there are not enough people to take over the party as the RINOs will squeal. See McCain, former Senator Specter, etc.