Yeah, I had Jane Goodall confused with someone else. I was thinking of “Gorillas in the Mist”. But really there are many scientific analogies which would work. You could say they look at conservatives the way entomologists look at insects.
But your point is well taken too - entomologists really desire to learn about insects, not see them as the enemy. Maybe you can say they’re like exterminators - they learn about insects in order to understand how to destroy them more effectively.
These people are completely out of touch with the rest of America, so insular is the little bubble they live in. They look at regular Americans the way Jane Goodall looks at gorillas.
But it doesn’t go the other way. It is possible to live your entire life without ever encountering a conservative thought or idea, in places like New York or Santa Monica. They live, work with, watch, listen to, only people they agree with, and they think that what they see is America. But conservatives can’t avoid the Left. It permeates the whole culture, music, movies, TV, and education from K through graduate school. So we know them, but they don’t know us. You see it on any message board where liberals post - their interpretation of conservative views are a caricature through a fun house mirror.