He was conservative yes. So if he is to be damned for that, so be it.
But his criticisms of government and those who govern were even handed and delivered without respect to party affiliation or idelology which is why I said he was as non partisan and apolitical as they come in radio news commentators. He didn't often take sides. He was a side all by himself. He criticized George H.W. Bush breaking his 'no new taxes' pledge. He criticized Bill Clinton's piccadillos. And he criticized what he perceived as George W. Bush's fiscal irresponsibility plus, as these last years passed, it became increasingly obvious that he perceived the Iraq war to be a mistake. But he was able to convey that without undercutting the boots on the ground over there.
His scholarship was not particularly careful, and now and then he fell for one of those e-mails that gets sends around with false information or he would insert a minor factual error into an otherwise okay historical rendition. But his general overview of America and the American scene was generally on target and, while I did not depend on him for information, I enjoyed hearing his take on things over lunch each day or listening to "The Rest of Story" on the drive home.
He was a uniquely American institution.
Yes, I will miss him.