It's been 13 years since the terms "red" and "blue" states entered the popular lexicon.
It all happened around the 2000 presidential election. To review: a "red" state in this parlance means a state who votes primarily for Republican candidates. A "blue" state
In Meredith Whitney's new book called "Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity" she argues that there is a central corridor in the U.S. that shines with economic prosperity... for a whole host of reasons.