I don't agree with Savage much in his political or social views, but he is indeed entertaining, and intelligent, and does tell great stories. He stands out from the neocon windbag shill pack as the one I could probably have a real conversation with about things OTHER than politics--and I think part of why he stands out from that pack is that he's not part of it. He stands UP to it. He wants no connection to it. I love it when he goes off on Limbaugh (the windbag) or Hannity (the Leprechaun) especially when he notes that they and others have stolen his material and that they never, ever acknowledge him for anything. (He's also the only one on that side of the fence to give ANY credence to environmental and animal welfare concerns). So even though I don't agree with him much, I like and respect him.
Having said that my respect for him has been sorely tested recently. In the buildup to the hurricane on the east coast a few weeks ago, he was deriding all the panic/preparation as far left liberal paranoid fear-mongering meant to further the nanny state, including the recommendations that people evacuate their homes in preparation for the storm, and that the "real men" of his father's generation toughed out such natural disasters and all the mayors and governors were overreacting by erring on the side of caution. THAT, I have to say, was a bit much for me. I won't necessarily stop listening to him, but I'll always have that caveat now.