The London Daily Telegraph http://telegraph.co.uk continues it titillating countdown of the 100 most influential American conservatives and we are getting down to the nittty gritty, the top 50.
Actually, it is from 41-60, but at least we are getting away from the cellar-dwellers!
One very perplexing choice is Connecticut Independent Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman, who comes in at 47, behind political columnist Robert Novak. Sen. Lieberman also made the liberal version of this list. I hardly think that Sen. Lieberman can really count as a conservative, but because the Democrat party is so far to the left, in that context Sen. Lieberman really is a conservative. But, still not one I would count on my top 100.
A real silly choice, no offense, is First Lady Laura Bush who is in at 59. The reality is that Mrs. Bush is not exactly a conservative nor a serious policy maker. It is well known that she is not on the pro-life side of the abortion debate and she has wade into policy in regards to "women's" issues and maybe a little human rights thrown in since she commented strongly on the disastrous Saffron Rebellion in Burma, or Myanmar. Mrs. Bush does not really get to be this far up if at all on this list.
It seems like the commentator class is bunched up here with Sean Hannity of "Hannity and Colmes" on the Fox News Channel and his own radio talk show at 44, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol at 48, and William F. Buckley founder of National Review at 49. Rich Lowry, the National Review editor comes in at 53.
That is about right.
By the end of the week, we should see if this list gets any better. I, for one, would put Mr. Hannity in the top 20 along with fellow radio talker Laura Ingraham who has a number one New York Times bestseller, "Power To The People" still selling well.
That is half the fun of this list. Getting to write about who should really be on or off.