I've been talking a lot about the concept of 'Western Conservatism' with friends both online and in RL lately, and here's a reporter in the UK who has nailed it exactly:
Hailing from Arizona and Alaska, the Republican ticket has a chance to rekindle a western conservatism different from the old Yankee paternalist sort or the Bible Belt version. They like their guns out there (some still kill their own food) and they are pro-life and deeply pro-America, of course. But at a time of grave challenges, the themes of economic freedom and opportunity, the resistance to the idea that government holds all the answers, could resonate with voters.
Odd that a Brit journalist gets it when our own media just doesn't.
The whole thing here.