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The Telegraph’s Top 100 Most Influential Liberals And Conservatives

October 29, 2007

I think that The Telegraph is paying homage to Casey Kasem, by choosing dramatize the results of their pseudo-scientific ranking system in this top 100 list, as for now we only get to see 81-100. 

Today, we publish those ranked 81 to 100 on each list. On Tuesday, we will publish 61 to 80, on Wednesday 41 to 60 and on Thursday 21 to 40 before concluding on Friday with the Top 20 Most Influential Conservatives and the Top 20 Most Influential Liberals in America today.

I don’t know about you, but the suspense is killing me!  Actually, it’s just a silly gimmick to sell more newspapers (of course).  Anyway…

Conservatives

81. TONY PERKINS
82. BILL O’REILLY
83. PEGGY NOONAN
84. ANN COULTER
85. CLARENCE THOMAS
86.JEB BUSH
87. MICHAEL BARONE
88. TED OLSON
89. SENATOR LARRY CRAIG
90. REUEL MARC GERECHT
91. MARK SANFORD
92. COLONEL OLIVER NORTH
93. MICHELLE MALKIN
94. CLIFFORD MAY
95. HENRY KISSINGER
96. RON PAUL
97. CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
98. ERIK PRINCE
99. WILLIAM MCGURN
100. GENERAL PETER PACE

Liberals

81. JON STEWART
82. GEORGE CLOONEY
83. JULIAN BOND
84. HOWARD DEAN
85. TED KENNEDY
86. DEBBIE DINGELL
87. ELLEN MALCOLM
88. REV AL SHARPTON
89. ARTUR DAVIS
90. DAVID GEFFEN
91. PATTI SOLIS DOYLE
92. DICK DURBIN
93. BOB SHRUM
94. DAVID BROCK
95. HAROLD FORD
96. JANE HARMAN
97. STROBE TALBOTT
98. CINDY SHEEHAN
99. CELINDA LAKE
100. ROBERT GREENWALD

I’m not sure what to make of the list so far, other than to point out that it’s a “top 100” list of influential Americans compiled by a British paper. Oh well, I guess it’s as good a subject as any to try out our new WPPBA tool:

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5 comments

  1. I’d love to know exactly what the criteria is for this.


  2. Michelle Malkin more influential than Henry Kissinger?? Are they ‘avin a laugh?

    It depends, I suppose, one whether the list is measuring influence on policy or on popular culture. If the former, then plainly Kissinger belongs near the top and Malkin (and others, e.g. Bill O’Reilly) shouldn’t be on the list at all.


  3. Well, Jamie, I think one could make the argument that the perception of the popular culture can dictate policy decisions. Someone like Malkin may have enough influence to drive voters to abandon a certain candidate for a vote they made, for example.


  4. I can’t imagine this is weighted in any way. If so seeing some of the initials it’s kinda scary what No.1 is going to be. I agree w/ the thought that it is for selling papers. On a side note. I pinged this as well as some other Alliance posts for today. I billed it as a sample for the day. If you hear anything either way let me know and have a great daym stay safe, & don’t eat to much candy.


  5. Yes, that’s true, of course. However, I don’t think it can be seriously maintained that Malkin has a greater influence on policy than Kissinger, who apparently continues to be regularly consulted by President Bush on matters of foreign policy.

    As you say, I suspect the list was just compiled as a gimmick, and so wasn’t based on any scientific or detailed methodology.



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