The Most Influential Conservatives

Right wing blogger John Hawkins offers up a list of the 25 most influential conservatives in America that demonstrates much of the problem with conservatives. I’ll just give you the top three, in order: Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Sarah Palin. And here’s what he has to say about Palin and her alleged influence:

The former VP candidate has a fanatical following, regularly makes news for her attacks on the Obama Administration, and did more to get women elected in 2010 than any one human being ever has before in a single election cycle. Palin has enormous juice, but the key question is always, “What is she going to do with it? Run for office? Get other Republicans elected? Become the conservative Oprah?” Time will tell.

Let me answer that question for you, John: She’s going to do whatever it takes to keep the money flowing in and the spotlight on her, as long as it doesn’t take any actual, you know, work. She’s going to give mostly incoherent speeches full of empty platitudes and shallow applause lines that audiences at the nation’s finest American Legion conventions will find incredibly profound and cheer wildly. She’ll go on Fox News once or twice a week and spend a few minutes strenuously concealing the fact that she has no idea what she’s talking about.

And by the way, she didn’t do all that much in 2010 either. She endorsed Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle in the Senate and they both lost races that a mainstream Republican would likely have won. The number of Republican women in the Senate actually went down in 2010. And most of the women she endorsed who won in other races did so because they were the Republican nominee in very Republican states, like Mary Fallin in Oklahoma and Nikki Haley in South Carolina. And since 2010 was three years ago and we’ve had a major election in the meantime, why did he choose to focus on 2010? Because what else does he have? Other than making herself rich and famous, Palin has achieved pretty much nothing politically.


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  • You are vanting a lissssssssst of influential KKKonzservativz?

    Schacht, the chief economic advisor.

    Jodl and Keitel were the 2 main military advisors.

    Goebells,Goering, Himmler, Bormann and other senior Nazis.

    Albert Speer, Eva Braun,

    Of course, with the exception of Speer and Braun, the “advisors” were either “Yes men”, puppets or profiteers.

    I actually see little difference in the two lists with the exception of the inescapably delicious fact that the guys on this list are ALL dead.

  • colnago80

    Re democommie @ #1

    I call Godwin on demo.

  • colnago80

    Re democommie @ #1

    Just as interesting were the folks he didn’t listen to, namely Rommel and Guderian, two of the most innovative military strategists of the 20th Century.

  • I suspect Palin will have just about vanished from the public eye within the next 3 or 4 years.

  • birgerjohansson

    Um, Guderian fell out of favor in 1941 and Rommel was forced to eat cyanide. Also, they displayed some brain activity unlike the other tossers.

  • petemoulton

    It’s hard to imagine that he picked the Big Orange Boner 5th. There’s never been a weaker and more ineffectual Speaker in the history of the House. Influential? I’m already laughing; soon I’ll be scaring the cat.

  • scienceavenger

    @6 there’s a simple explanation: Hawkins is a moron. Just peruse his other articles. Every one is a list, as though he never progressed past junior high writing skills, and they are just one GOP Bubble myth after another.

  • I’m sure that leaving off the list the man who spread freedoms and depleted uranium all over Iraq was just an oversight. Sure, Dubya has been largely silent since the completion of his massively successful eight years in office, but that’s only because he’s waiting for “history” to remind everyone how awesome he was.

  • Funny, I was just thinking about Sarah Palin this morning after I managed to forget about her for a while. I vaguely remembered a blunder of hers where she tried to claim Paul Revere’s ride was a protest against gun control or something like that, instead of, you know, warning the revolutionary army that “the British are coming!”

    So I had a silly idea that political candidates would go on a game show about American history in place of one debate. There’d be a panel of accredited historians who’d back up the consensus answers with on-hand sources if anyone protested. A live website would provide that information to the public as each question is asked, so people will have a ready defense for the truth when the spin doctors start making false accusations. The questions would mostly be high school level, but with a penchant for rejecting the various myths and whitewashing that shouldn’t have made it into school textbooks.

  • It’s weird how obsessed conservatives are with being conservatives. It’s almost as if they’re a cult or something.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @colnago80 #2:

    All Godwin’s Law says is that as a discussion thread gets longer, the probability that someone will make a Hitler or Nazi comparison approaches unity. It says nothing about whether said comparison is valid. In any case, you don’t need to “call Godwin” when this happens, because usually it’s pretty obvious.

  • zero6ix

    18) Mitch McConnell: He’s timid, a terrible communicator, and has played Elmer Fudd to Harry Reid’s Bugs Bunny for his entire tenure as Senate Minority Leader. If McConnell were an effective leader, he would be ranked much higher, but he’s so bad at his job that it’s a wonder Democrats aren’t deliberately trying to undermine their own candidate in Kentucky to try to keep him in place in the Senate.

    So, in summation, you make the list as long as you have an (R) next to your name? That…actually makes a lot of sense.

  • Kaintukee Bob

    Palin has done two wonderful things for the country:

    1. She has kept Sarah Palin from holding office for several years now.

    2. She has given Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert endless material.

    I believe she’s also given launch to a porn parody franchise, but I’m not sure if that’s a point for or against.

  • lpetrich

    How do they compare to Marxists? I’m reminded of their similar taste for ideological correctness.

  • Well, a quick scan shows they’ve hit about 80% asshole. Hurray?

  • “but that’s only because he’s waiting for “history” to remind everyone how awesome he was.”

    Let’s hope that his wait is at least as long as Nixon’s.

    “Re democommie @ #1

    I call Godwin on demo.”

    I was HOPING that someone would notice!


    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, let the man have his fun. Ed took away his favorite chewtoy and until he gets another one (shouldn’t be more than a week or so before some other dumbfuck from dumbfuckistan comes in here with GOPollution to spread around) he needs to keep in practice. Besides, I’ll never get a “Netty” since Modusoperandi is a one-commenter award magnet, so I’ll just have to be content with a “Winnie” from time to time.

  • ottod

    Why would she bother to conceal the fact that she has no idea what she’s talking about? She’s no better than the rest of the Fox pundits.

  • naturalcynic

    There has got to be seething and whining in some quarters. Bill-O only makes it to the [dis]honorable mention category while serial liar David Barton is unmentionable. Maybe it’s a good sign that there are very few theo-coins on the list. Dobson, Robertson and their ilk are missing.

  • caseloweraz

    Interesting that John McCain makes the list not because of what he does for conservatives, but because of what he does to them.