Blow essentially describes a patch-quilt nation in which many of the states are constructing a reactionary political and social order, particularly in the areas of voting rights for minorities and low income citizens, and reproductive rights for women.
His column is linked below.
Charles Blow: The Deeply Divided States of America
"In fact, we seem to be increasingly becoming two countries under one flag: Liberal Land — coastal, urban and multicultural — separated by Conservative Country — Southern and Western, rural and racially homogeneous. (Other parts of the country are a bit of a mixed bag.)"
---Charles Blow, The New York Times