I've thought Michael Savage sounded a lot like Bugs Bunny for awhile now. After watching some old Looney Tunes cartoons wiyth my kids recently, I'm convinced. He definitely has the laugh down pat, and when he does a liberal voice, that is total Bugs.
Also, when he verbally italicizes a word ("LAWyer"), I think that's a Looney Tunes move, as well.
I suspect a few things:
- Savage is a Looney Tunes fan
- Mel Blanc loved using that New York accent for Bugs
- Savage relishes his New York roots
To me, there are many, uh, ethical and moral lessons embedded in those cartoons. You know, like how to pull a prank on your daffy friend while travelling past Alburqurque, or how to laugh at your enemy … regret after finally defeating your enemy in the middle of an opera. This skew'd view of reality is important if you're trying to understand or cope with real life insanity.
It's no surprise, if you think about it, that the wascily wabbit would inspire an independent talker years later.
Now, this may add to RAW's theory that Savage is doing a giant Phil Hendrie bit; personally, I think he's serious, but is also laughing at the absurdity of life and politics. I think, like Looney Tunes, he's using macabre humor to get his skew'd viewpoint across to the audience.