Fascinating article on talk radio and the Conservative mindset
Crudely summarizing, the idea is everybody listens to the radio while doing something else, so the host has to constantly stimulate the listener -- accidentally, I typed "reader" -- into paying attention. Which Conservative shock jocks Limbaugh and Zeigler et al do to perfection. But in mastering the art of stimulation, Conservatives have lost the ability to persuade.
Speculating freely, it may be that Obama seems to "thoughtful" to some is that he's such a contrast to the noisy and galvanic convulsions of Conservatism. To those of us who don't listen to that crap, "thoughtful" may not ring so true because we haven't been numbed by the shock jocks.
An interesting article from an interesting site. Go read.