I don't know how useful it is to think of certain parts of the country as "real America" but my travels this month took me out of my Washington, D.C. residence and into Texas and Colorado. And let's just say that these are parts of the country where President Obama doesn't have an 85% approval rating, as he does in my neighborhood.
At a baseball game in Houston (where my Cardinals won 8-0), the guy on my right asked me "What is wrong with you people in Washington?" Others seated nearby joined in the friendly discussion. The fact is that whenever my conversations with locals turned to a discussion of where I hail from, I almost always got negative comments about what's happening in Congress or in the Obama administration.
For a good discussion of what's wrong with we Washingtonians, you could do worse than Boston University professor Angelo Codevilla's lengthy essay in the American Spectator on the ruling class, the country class and their looming clash:
Hence our ruling class's standard approach to any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government -- meaning of those who run it, meaning themselves, to profit those who pay with political support for privileged jobs, contracts, etc. Hence more power for the ruling class has been our ruling class's solution not just for economic downturns and social ills but also for hurricanes and tornadoes, global cooling and global warming.
Unfortunately it only gets more depressing from there.