Left Coast is a political
expression implying that the West Coast of the United States is politically left-wing. The implication is
that the states of California, Oregon, and
Washington (particularly, the coastal counties and cities
within those states) vote predictably for the Democratic Party, or that the
people who live there have a generally more liberal attitude than
the rest of the country.
The phrase plays on the fact that
the west coast of the US is found on the left of the contiguous 48
states when viewing a map with north oriented upwards.
Canada, the coastal strip of British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, is also referred to as the Left Coast.
use of the term left coast is not usually pejorative. For example,
at the Order of British
Edward John Hughes
, by the Lieutenant Governor of
British Columbia Iona Campagnolo
in April 2006, she stated, "We have all occasionally heard of our
beloved coast dismissed as the 'wet coast', the 'left' coast, even
the 'rain coast', yet for most of us, these are 'terms of
In America the term is used pejoratively by right-leaning people
but proudly by people on the left. Conservative NewsMax.com
columnist James Hirsen writes the
"Left Coast Report," which humorously puts down Hollywood
celebrities and their scandals as well as providing conservative
political commentary. He has also written a book, Tales from
the Left Coast: True Stories of Hollywood Stars and Their
. On the other side, the term is used by
cartoonist Ted Rall
as the name of his
left-leaning political comic strip. Writer, voiceover actor and gay
rights activist Ben Patrick
calls his video blog Life on the Left Coast
fundraiser and CEO of San Francisco-based nonprofit Tides,
Drummond Pike, maintains a CEO blog
entitled Notes from the Left Coast.
The term is also used in a neutral or non-political sense by some
West Coast businesses.