"Jay lost me last year during the election cycle with his constant negativity about Bush's election prospects" - same here, at that time I just stopped listening to Jay, now I switch to him when Howie goes in to commercials. And what makes Jay the brilliant mind military strategy he is today? It must be all those years he spent in the army/navy, ... oh never mind.
I don't take Jay as seriously as Laura, for example, but I like the way Jay puts words together and I like his voice too. Jay's show is the #1 talk show in New England for ratings.