Starting in the mid-20th century, there was a Southern and Western version of it, formed by ranching Republicans like Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.Oh, for Pete's sake, Mr. Brooks:
Barry Goldwater's wealth came from his family-owned department store in Phoenix. Google the keywords “barry goldwater ranch” and you get listings for half-million dollar ranch homes in Scottsdale.
Ronald Reagan acquired “ranch” property in the Santa Monica mountains to accessorize his cowboy manqué, not to be a working ranch steeped in the American creed. And anyway, he sold it in 1966 to pay off campaign debts. (Want to see it? Watch the opening credits of “M*A*S*H.”)
George W. Bush bought a ranch in Crawford TX when he ran for president, and put it up for sale almost immediately after his second term ended. Like Reagan's “ranch,” it was a place for photo ops, something to mark and strike once the show closes.
That quote was actually only the sixth sentence of the article, but I'm afraid I quit reading after that.