@The State discussion
I used to think that my state (Iowa) wasn't that conservative.
However recently we have had a republican governor recently reelected after a decade out of office, who was accused of keeping two sets of books in his first term.
Also with the census Iowa lost a representative so we had to redistrict. Yet somehow, although we have one less district the Republicans have control over one more district then they did before the redistricting. I'm not kidding that really happened.
@Moose The UK conservative party would fall somewhere in our "blue dog" democrats. On top of that the Conservatives are only in power because they made a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who historically have been coalition partners with the Labour party. What can I say, I'm a little jealous.