Most influential US conservatives and liberals

The Daily Telegraph has had its US staff prepare a list of the 100 most influential people on the right and left of US politics. Their top ten for each are:


  1. Barack Obama, President
  2. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
  3. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
  4. Bill Clinton, former President
  5. Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff
  6. Al Gore, former VP
  7. Oprah Winfrey, TV Talk Show Host
  8. Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary
  9. David Axelrod, White House Senior Advisor
  10. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

Five current politicians, two retired politicians, two staffers and one media person.


  1. Dick Cheney, former VP
  2. Rush Limbaugh, Talk Radio Host
  3. Matt Drudge, Drudge Report
  4. Sarah Palin, former Governor
  5. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defence
  6. Glenn Beck, For News presenter
  7. Roger Ailes, Fox News President
  8. David Petraeus, Head US Central Command
  9. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Congressman
  10. Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota

A much more varied list, perhaps reflecting not being in office. Four of the ten from the media, and almost no one at all from the mainstream Republican hierarchy – Pawlenty is probably the only one in that mould.

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