Editor's note: On CNN's "State of the Union," host and chief national correspondent John King goes outside the Beltway to report on the issues affecting communities across the country.
ST. MARIES, Idaho (CNN) - Gwen Wotring is a small-business owner in this tiny Northwest Idaho timber town, a proud Democrat who says her British parents taught her "socialized government is not the bad thing that everybody reports it to be."
But from the lively conversations in her popular café - Bud's Drive Inn dates to 1963 - she knows she is outnumbered.
"It's difficult to be a liberal in this neck of the woods," she said with a smile.
And because of that, she knows the local congressman is in a difficult spot even though he wears the label "Blue Dog Democrat."
"It means somebody who thinks realistically and pragmatically about spending," Wotring said when asked to define the term heard so often in Washington these days because of the delicate health-care negotiations among Democrats. "I believe Blue Dog Democrats see their constituents more realistically than the real strong liberals. I really do."