I just got around to reading the December
6 issue of Time magazine today. There were no less than 4 letters in the Letters section from US residents which said things to this effect. Another handful of letters there came from outside the US and generally drew the conclusion that the whole country belongs in the "hick" basket.
If people continue to play the Red State vs. Blue State game like this for another year or so, the '06 midterm election campaigns are going to be interesting.
I think there's a lot of pent-up apathy just waiting to be unleashed.