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What Exactly is "The West"?

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Several Senators supporting Judge Gorsuch, including Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) have made comments about him being from "the West" in contexts that imply that California (home of Justice Kennedy and originally of Justice Breyer) is not "the West."  Is it?

Purely geographically, of course, California is farther west than Colorado, Texas, or Arizona.  But is a movie set in California a "Western"?  The Birds?  Nope.  Magnum Force?  Nope.  Beach Blanket Bingo?  Nope. 

Okay, maybe there is something to that.

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