I see liberals/democrats as pollyanna-ish, pie-in-the-sky, very unrealistic, self-absorbed, guilt-ridden, self-flagellating, self-loathing, ashamed of themselves, ashamed of their country, bent on placation, (and even though over a billion people on the planet have died from the socialism/communism experiment) socialists/communists, and mostly extremely scared.
I see conservatives as traditionalists, "if it aint broke don't fix it", confident, directed, self-aware, settled, proud of themselves and proud of their country, bold, visionary, courageous, and defenders of freedoms. There are times when the goals of both sides do come together nicely and result in wonderful progress for our cities, nation, and country as a whole, but those few times are not enough. "Change has come to America", but I don't see that change doing us any good yet!
Obviously, I am a conservative, but this is what I see. I used to be very very liberal in my youth, I think that most people are when they are young.. when I was scared of the world, when I didn't know how I'd make it in the world, so I can relate to both ends of the spectrum.
More conservatives started out as liberals by far than the other way around, so I believe it has a lot to do with the personality of youth versus the personality of wisdom.