"Short takes" are bite sized portions taken from other articles, generally ones which I've written elsewhere, focusing on a particular point of interest.
Interesting. Perhaps a quote from Mr. Mooney’s article dated April 10, 2012 and published here might help clear up any misunderstanding.
Quote from Mr. Mooney:
Conservatives, in contrast, tend to be less open and also consistently rate higher on conscientiousness, which means that they tend to prize orderliness and structure. Conscientious people are driven, competent, organised – and, on average, politically conservative.
How absolutely awful!
Conservatives, according to Mr. Mooney, are not only conscientious, driven, competent, and organized, but those individuals with those attributes also tend to be, on average, politically conservative.
Once again Mr. Mooney's shows how his liberal bias gets in the way of accurately reading the data and coming to relatively straight forward conclusions. In this case he even takes a step in the right direction before pulling back, but by that time it is simply too late. He has already shown the bankruptcy of his position.
He essentially makes two points:
1. Conservatives are conscientious, driven, competent, and organized.
2. People who are conscientious, driven, competent, and organized are, on average, politically conservative.
The obvious conclusion, which he makes only implicitly, is that to avoid voting for a conservative candidate liberals should look for candidates who are incompetent, disorganized, unconscientious, and laid back.
Interesting, to say the least.
Perhaps those still on the fence should consider those characteristics when watching the debate(s)