Yesterday I touched on the Telegraph’s (UK) list of the Top 100 Most Influential Conservatives and Liberals.
Today the lists are complete. And the end result are the Worst Lists Ever Created.
Here’s their Top 10 Conservatives:
- Rudy Giuliani
- Gen. David Petraeus
- Matt Drudge
- Newt Gingrich
- Rush Limbaugh
- Dick Cheney
- Robert Gates
- John Roberts
- John McCain
- Mitt Romne
And the their Top 10 Liberals:
- Bill Clinton
- Al Gore
- Mark Penn
- Hillary Clinton
- Nancy Pelosi
- Barack Obama
- Michael Moore
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Oprah Winfrey
- Evan Bayh
The complete lists of 100 are only “mostly bad” because of who’s on them. The rankings make them absurd.
Some of my bigger nits (starting with the Conservative list):
Rudy Giuliani (1) — very debatable that he’s even a Conservative at all. And how a guy who is merely a candidate for President is listed above the actual President (21), or the Chief Justice of the United States (8), or the most conservative Supreme Court Justice (62) is insane.
Gen. David Petraeus (2) — very little is known about this man’s politics. He’s a career military man who’s opinions and decisions are based on military strategy and policy. There is no evidence that his personal politics have in anyway “influenced” his job.
Andrew Sullivan (33) — as previously noted, is not a Conservative. He’s a an HIV-positive gay man who consistently opposes everything on the Right, routinely endorses Democratic candidates, and echoes nearly every Liberal-talking point issued from the Left.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (47) — Sigh. Again….not a Conservative. The man is a Democrat, and has a consistent Liberal voting record in the Senate. Just because the nutroots hate him, doesn’t make him a Conservative.
Richard Land (65) — The President of Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Who? I would at least replace him with Joel Osteen from Lakewood Church in Houston.
Erick Erikson (69) — Swap this blogger with Michelle Malkin (92).
Sen. Larry Craig (89) — Prior to his wide-stanced foot-tapping in an airport bathroom, nobody outside of Idaho had ever even heard of this guy. There are at least 30 other Conservative Senators not on this list who should be ahead of Sen. Graig. Hell, I’m at least as influential in the Conservative world than Sen. Craig is.
From the Liberal list:
Bill Clinton (1) — if you mean influential as in “influencing young ladies (and certain Canadian mistresses) to do dirty deeds upon you…then maybe.
Hillary Clinton (4) — Bill and Hillary should be combined into Billary Clinton, and then listed somewhere collectively around#16.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (8) — The Republican Governor of California. Right…I think an argument can be made that he’s much more liberal than most Conservatives. But he’s not a Liberal, and definitely not one that should be this high up on any list.
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (12) — The Daily Kos. I’m not questioning that he should be on this list — I’m just questioning his ranking on this list. I would move him up to #2. He’s the person actually driving the Liberal Crazy Train these days. When he says jump, Democratic politicians ask “In which direction?”, while his KosKiddies simply instinctively jump without asking why.
George Soros (15) — Much like the Kos, George should be much, much higher on the list. In fact, just a slot below Markos at the top of the list. His money has more influence on the rest of the people on this list than the entirety of the list itself.
Colin Powell (23) — This former General and Commander of the Joint Chiefs and Former Secretary of State is not a Liberal. By any stretch of the imagination. Did the editors at the Telegraph just assume since he’s black he must be a Democrat?
Maureen Dowd (36) — There are seriously people out there who are influenced by this lady? Really? And even if so, do you really believe she has more pull than the House Majority Leader (50) or a Supreme Court Justice (64)?
Barbara Streisand (77) and George Clooney (82) —if your political world is actually influenced by singers and actors, then you should probably expand your sphere of influences.
Cindy Sheehan (98) — I’ll bet even most true Liberals don’t want her on this list.
Lots of others discussing this at Memeorandum.