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Heh.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire poll roundup this morning includes this irresistable morsel from recent polls: "Despite election thumping, 40% of Republicans characterize themselves as very happy compared with 26% of Democrats." This tracks closely with previous findings from the Pew Poll. Another place where conservatives and liberals have switched places over the last two generations; how many liberals embrace FDR’s sunny optimism today? (But isn’t that just because conservative Republicans are richer?--Ed. I doubt it; note that the two richest men in America--Gates and Buffett--are Democrats, and the super-rich are increasingly voting Democratic, which is why I think I’m in favor of higher taxes on the super-rich, and you can start with Nancy "I-use-non-union-labor-to-pick-my-Napa-winegrapes" Pelosi.)

Better still is the final item in the WSJ note: "Most likely to say they’ve taken anti-depressants: women, whites, those earning less than $30,000, and liberals." Double-heh.

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"Better still is the final item in the WSJ note: ’Most likely to say they’ve taken anti-depressants: women, whites, those earning less than $30,000, and liberals.’"

Mr. Hayward, I take it that you put the emphasis on liberals, and that you’re only taking pleasure in their depression, and not the "women, whites, those earning less than $30,000"? After all, plenty of women, whites, and people on tight budgets vote Republican, and may be in that 60% of Republicans who don’t describe themselves as "very happy."

"...the super-rich are increasingly voting Democratic, which is why I think I’m in favor of higher taxes on the super-rich, and you can start with Nancy "I-use-non-union-labor-to-pick-my-Napa-winegrapes" Pelosi."

Is this a deviation from conservative principles (wanting to increase taxes for the super-rich)? Also, do you think vineyards should employ union laborers? Or are you simply trying to bust Pelosi’s chops for hypocrisy - a lapse in virtue no doubt described by Bill Bennett.

I suspect that if Liberals are less happy, it’s because politics is their god (having no faith in anything but power). Unfortunately, anything touched by human beings will be a let-down, and so they pop pills to restore their inner serenity.

Conservatives, on the other hand, are used to being depressed. Our view of human life is tragic, after all, and we put our faith in God (and/or "the market" -- I disapprove of the latter, although market-worship has the advantage of being ’natural’, so believers expect misery on occasion).

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