Sunday, January 17, 2010
Pence Tops Daniels On List Of Most Influential Conservatives
There's nothing scientific about these rankings, but news organizations like putting lists of most influential people to inflate the egos of some while ruffling the feathers of others. The U.K.'s Telegraph recently released its list of the 100 most influential conservatives in the U.S. Surprisingly, former V.P. Dick Cheney topped the list, followed by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Internet blogger Matt Drudge, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a graduate of Indiana University. Glenn Beck, Roger Ailes, Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty round out the top 10. The highest Hoosier on the list is U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN). He earned a 17th place ranking just behind Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Former Hoosier and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts came in at 13th. Gov. Mitch Daniels, touted by some for the presidency, earned a 39th place ranking. Indiana's Sen. Richard Lugar was ranked 49th on the list.