I know what you're thinking: "Wha wha wha??? The whiny ones in Berkeley turn out to be conservative???" Maybe they're grading on a curve, I don't know. But a UC Berkeley sociology professor, who's on the business end of a decades-long study following Berkeley preschoolers from the 1960's, has found that the whiny kids turned into rigid, insecure adults who craved authority and structure--and were most likely to be conservative--while the self-reliant, trouble-free kids have become open-minded, slightly introspective, adventuresome--and liberal.
There are a million qualifications, of course, and all sorts of details, but why bother delving into the findings' nuance, the actual correlation methodology that's common in sociology but complicated in the real world, etc., when there's a good old-fashioned ivory tower-storming to be had? Karl Rove's henchmen'll be villifying themselves a pointy-headed Berkeley professor in no time [even if you can TOTALLY imagine Rove as the wimpy, whiny little chump in preschool. Truth hurts, but I bet unchecked power makes up for a lot of childhood pain.]
How to spot a baby conservative [thestar.com, waitaminnit. That's Toronto! Even the conservatives are liberals up there... via robotwisdom]
Previously: British study: have more girls=vote more conservatively