Tyler Cowen proposes a way for non-Republicans to understand Republicans.
If you wish to try to understand Republicans, think of them as seeing a bunch of states, full of Republicans, and ruled by Republicans, and functioning pretty well. (Go visit Utah!) They think the rest of America should be much more like those places.
Those high functioning states (he cites this report) are North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, and Iowa.
It is not obvious to me why Republicans would not look to the entire map of places that the GOP controls state government.
Maybe one clue is that those five states are among the whitest states in the country.
As an exercise, let’s ponder what “They think the rest of America should be much more like those places” means.