Recapturing Kansas — In These Times:
What I mean by that term is populist conservatism. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s this angry right-wing sensibility that speaks inÃ¢â‚¬â€or pretends to speak inÃ¢â‚¬â€the voice of the working class. It got its start, more or less, in 1968, with the candidacy of George Wallace. The issues that the Backlash has embraced have changed a lot over the years. In the early days it was pretty much racist. Today, you have the same angry, hard-done-by sensibility, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attached to different issues Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the most famous being abortion, and, in this latest election, gay marriage.
a nice description and interview by thomas frank.