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.


Blog Admin said...

Gary, why do you say Cheney surprisingly took the #1 spot? Is it the #1spot, or do you think he should've been lower on the list?

I certainly think Beck is influential, but on this list? I guess it helps they said conservative and not Republican. Beck said on his radio show last week that he found out there's a Republican-led investigative team trying to dig up dirt on him.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Lugar is a "conservative?"

Gary R. Welsh said...

Because he has no political future as far as I'm concerned, Indy Student. He's a dark figure who made tens of millions of dollars from a major defense contractor illegitamately and who should never be allowed anywhere near the center of power in government. He represents the worst of influence by the military industrial complex that former President Eisenhower unsuccessfully tried to warn the American people about.

Good point, Paul. Lugar just needs to hang up his jock strap and go away. He obviously has been compromised. How could a conservative hop in bed with Obama? No conservative in America should ever trust him again.

I think the influence of the media folks makes a lot of sense right now. Rank and file conservatives sure don't trust many currently in government.

M Theory said...

In what universe is McCain a conservative?

Cato said...

I think it's time for the Republicans to come clean and admit just what they think "conservative" is.

Pat Buchanan runs "The American Conservative," and that crowd closely tracks the traditional understanding of conservatism. The problem is that the Republicans despise traditional conservatives, especially the limited-government Pat Buchanan folks.

The Republicans have hijacked a nice-sounding and well respected term and have infected it with all sorts of concepts that true conservatives find noxious.

Here's a simple one: do you support public funding for the Colts? If yes, you're not a conservative, and you can never be allowed into the club.

We need to have a full accounting of the term and just what positions comprise. Is the Indiana GOP up for a moment of honesty?

Marycatherine Barton said...

If while campaigning, Obama had made even half as strong a statement against Cheney, as has Advance Indiana here, I would have voted for him for president. Since Barr was the only candidate on Indiana's ballot who did, I supported him.

Although conservatives are supposed to be for a strong military, they are also expected to be for small government. So those who call themselves conservatives, but are also supporting a police state, bloated military, and excesive spending, fit into the class that is termed, neoconservative. Yea, Honorable Ron Paul, Mr. Conservative.