The presidential election is over, the inauguration is nigh, and Seattle’s best-known conservative is, ahem, undergoing a realignment with the prevailing political mood. Apparently it’s time for right-wing radio pundits like himself to stop with the crazy, take a cold shower, and tone down their election-losing rhetoric? In a blog entry for The Washington Post, Michael Medved writes:”A radio show (locally or nationally) that draws just 5% of the available audience can achieve notable success in ratings and revenue, but a conservatism that connects with only a disgruntled, paranoid 5% of the public will wither and die.”And further:”During the recent campaign, talk radio looked far less formidable than it did during its glory years. The GOP candidates most relentlessly bashed by leading talkers (John McCain and Mike Huckabee) became the two top vote-getters among Republicans, and the McCain-Palin ticket got 90% of GOP votes despite reluctant support from most prominent hosts.”Not that the author of The 10 Big Lies About America is entirely changing his tune as Bush-backing conservatives prepare to surrender power. But he ends his post on a decidedly temperate note: “The most effective broadcasters in the Obama Era won’t try to destroy anybody. But we should make an impassioned effort to convince everybody.”Gee, Mike, that almost sounds Obama-esque.