Dionne mentions "an observation so priceless that it needs to be widely shared," and I quite agree, especially in view of my preceding post about liberals' rather disagreeable need to be wooed, pampered, implored and downright smothered in theatrical come-hither looks before they'll bother with saving even themselves.
So, it's share time. Dionne notes that he "was talking with an old friend who is with one of the nonpartisan polling outfits"--or, a friend who is one with nonpartisan polling--whereupon came this priceless observation:
When you give conservatives bad news in your polls, they want to kill you. When you give liberals bad news in your polls, they want to kill themselves.
I suppose one could choose to find charm in this liberal failing. I suspect, rather, that it's merely liberals' oddly hangdog inclination to accept the earthly realities of math and science as metaphysically sacred, whereas today's conservatives see math and science only as metaphysical opportunities of earthly manipulation.
At any rate, Dionne's pollster hit on what's often a decisive distinction: When the going gets tough, conservatives get feral, and liberals go fetal.