I am happy to see McCain disavowing a shock jock. I am sad to hear of William F. Buckley, jr's passing.
Buckley's generation of conservative was a contemplative group that had some depth to their arguments. For that matter, I contend that civility had been a Hallmark of Republican discourse prior to the Rush Limbaugh era.
It has been horrible to watch the real thinkers of the Republican party pushed aside by the blowhards.
Conservatives are left with the task of pointing out the large number of holes in the grand theories of the Marxist tradition. There is a place for humor in that job. However, these games where shock jocks think they are going to move the country simply through personal attacks is stupid. BTW, there are good people and bad people who have the name "Hussein". For example, the royal Hussein family of Jordan is often a moderating force on Islam.
Speaking of blowhards, apparently some of the blowhards (Coulter and this Cunningham whacko) sound as if are in the Hillary camp at the moment. Which is funny, because many of the right wing shock jocks built their empires by attacking Bill.
The really interesting question, of course, is why there are conservative shock jocks who've been able to build such massive broadcast empires.
It is really strange. Traditionally, civility is a cornerstone of conservatism. Voltaire style attacks on tradition are a hallmark of the left. The number of people who start out to make a living as a left-wing satirist way out numbers those on the right ... however, there is a group of right wing satirists who've achieved phenomenal fame.
Unfortunately, it would take a thesis size post for me to state why this is so.
Both parties have a challenge to figure out how to keep the loud mouth reactionary elements of the party from dominating the message.