Kari Chisholm of Western Democrat writes an excellent post
on why the directness of Western-style politics appeals greatly to national voters. Excerpts:
Here's a question: Setting aside (for a moment) the "Democrat" part of the equation... is there a Western style?
And if so, is it a style that appeals to everyday Americans? My view - as you can tell - is that it damn sure does. Who are the most popular plain-speakin' politicians to gain national attention of the last 15-20 years?
So far, the list would have to include Senators John McCain and Alan Simpson. (Yeah, that's Arizona and Wyoming for those keeping score at home.) ...
It's time for national Democrats to recognize a trend when they see one. Western politicians have a style that speaks plainly and directly to real every-day Americans. Let's start promoting the Democrat breed of the species.
Exhibit A of this "Western style" is Brian Schweitzer. In fact, he's the best exponent of the concept, in either party, that I've ever seen. Well put, Kari.