When the conservative "voice" was articulate, not just plain dumb (a la "Rushbo")
When the voice was reasoned not just bombast
When politics was about ideas not simplistic ideology
I'd suggest reading the piece
Bill Buckley: Mr. Right, RIP | Newsweek Politics | :
"He united the conservatives. But William F. Buckley did more than that: he crafted a winning alternative to New Deal liberalism. Now the right is adrift and needs … another William F. Buckley."
There were ideas, sometimes many, that I could not agree with, but I could listen to them.