conservative brains

This just in. Spanking states are Republican:

Spankers tend to see the world in stark black-and-white terms, perceive the social order as vulnerable or under attack, tend to make strong distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and emphasize order and muscular responses to threats.

Extra commentary:

Conservatives may be more responsive to health reform, he suggested, if it is framed as a national security argument. For example, American companies complain about the difficulty of competing with foreign companies that don’t have to pay for employee medical coverage. In that sense, our existing health care system leaves us vulnerable…That foreign threat might make conservatives sweat so much that maybe, just maybe, they’d consider revisiting the issue.