Whoa…that’s exactly what it’s like for me to listen to Shapiro, too, but I never summarized the feeling that clearly.
For me, though, he does also help me clarify some things.
Shapiro grates on me on a personal level. He and I simply come from very different backgrounds, I guess, and he sets off my deepest trigger points with his arrogance and snottiness.
I listen to him, though, because he does often help me clarify issues. Even when I disagree with him, he has a great talent for breaking down issues into bite-sized chunks. I save a lot of time by getting his take on complicated issues first…I may disagree, but he helps me narrow down what I disagree with. For that, I appreciate Shapiro tremendously.
P.S. “Conscientious objector of the culture war.” I love that. For it…you get a follow! (ha) We’re the smallest tribe, after all.