I think I've been fairly clear in my hatred for the current version of "conservatism". That said, I consider myself to be in many ways a conservative, using a much different definition - I was weaned at the teat of a very different beast, perhaps best described as classical liberalism - but nonetheless a radically different animal from what we currently hear from Rush, Hannity, etc.
As a teenager and young adult I became a big fan of Bill Buckley. I didn't agree with him on every single policy issue, and the leaning back in the chair thing got to be a bit creepy, but above all I admired the respect he showed for those with whom he debated and disagreed, and it was clear that his positions were borne from thought rather than mere reactionary objection to those positions held by "the enemy", to quote a favorite term of today's "conservatives".
Buckley was a class act, an incredibly bright mind, and a man whose vision of conservatism was based on reason, the rule of law, individual liberty. It has/had nothing in common with what we consider "conservatism" today.
Compare these debates vs what you see on today's cable news programming: