Who’s at the Top?

January 15, 2010 | NeW Staff

Today marks the last day of the Telegraph’s List of Top Conservatives and Liberals as well as the unveiling of the number 1 most influential conservative and liberal for 2010.  Who did we find at the number 1 spot on each side?  I think you may be surprised…

For the conservatives, the Telegraph predicted that Former Vice President Dick Cheney would be the most influential in 2010. Their reasoning?

“A low key and intensely loyal vice-president, Dick Cheney has emerged as the principal tormentor of Barack Obama in the past year, shaping the national debate on national security and forcing the White House to scramble to respond.”

Interestingly enough, guess who the Telegraph chose as the most influential liberal in 2010?  None other than the man the Telegraph claims Cheney will continue to challenge–President Obama:

“Obama’s poll ratings now hover around 50 per cent – a remarkable slump…It is far, far too early to write Obama off. He could yet prove all his detractors wrong. But 2010 will bring the moment of truth for him.”

Time will only tell whether or not these two figures will have the most influence for the Right and the Left in the coming 2010 elections.  Do you think this is an accurate assessment?  I’m interested to hear what you have to say about it.  Here are the other highlights from today’s lists:

Top Conservatives, 20-1:
Number 19: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Number 11: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
Number 9: Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan
Number 4: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Number 3: Internet Pioneer Matt Drudge

Top Liberals, 20-1:
Number 19: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry
Number 13: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Number 12: Publisher Arianna Huffington
Number 7: Oprah Winfrey
Number 2: Hillary Clinton
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