The General has it right on Savage. I've been reading his posts and he gets it.
People spend too much time dissecting Savage's political leanings, moral beliefs, and his radio "Schtick". If you really listen to what he has to say, it's hard to dispute and hard to refute his commentary. I love it when people think they're more intelligent than they really are and try and go toe to toe with him. He ends up shredding them apart without muting them, he gives them enough rope and they end up hanging themselves. He's VERY intelligent (IQ 160, not Internet derived either) and very well read, when you extrapolate his messages from his radio "Schtick", in the end, he's compelling and you ignore him at your peril.
Does he love to hear himself speak? YES.
Does he love to flex his intellectual muscle? YES.
Is he self-aware of his "Schtick"? YOU BET.
Does he borrow "Schtick" from the Pornographer (Howard Stern)? YES
Savage use to be a liberal in the 60s, he was deep in the thick of the beatnik scene. He knew Ginsberg and it was his time spent in that scene that would eventually culminate his disgust for liberalism. The reason Savage is so qualified to speak on various matters of the left is that he intimately understands the mindset from being a liberal. He has come to believe that the modern day liberal is mentally ill (I believe many of them are as well) and regularly makes sarcastic comments to this point. For instance, I once heard him say (paraphrasing), "So you and your partner should go have sex in the middle of the street for all to watch". He believes that even a 60s liberal would be a republican by today's standards (as he has said in the case of JFK's democratic stance, "he'd be a conservative by today's standards").
I think many people have him all wrong, especially CASUAL listeners. Like it or not, Savage has a mind like a steel-trap, regardless of his personal beliefs, IMHO, his views are the most intelligent, well stated, and on the mark in America today.
Yes, I'm a diehard MS fan, and I say that proudly.
Yes he can be annoying and babble on aimlessly when trying to fill air time, but people listen because they know deep down they are going to hear something thought provoking.