The UK’s Telegraph came out with a list of the twenty most influential liberals and conservatives in the United States today. Some are obvious (Barack Obama is the most influential liberal), others a bit more suprising. Check out the lists below.

Liberals
1. Barack Obama
2. Hillary Clinton
3. Nancy Pelosi
4. Bill Clinton
5. Rahm Emanuel
6. Al Gore
7. Oprah Winfrey
8. Tim Geithner
9. David Axelrod
10. Harry Reid
11. Michelle Obama
12. Arianna Huffington
13. Sonia Sotomayor
14. Denis McDonough
15. Janet Napolitano
16. Mark Warner
17. Robert Gibbs
18. Barney Frank
19. John Kerry
20. Eric Holder

Conservatives
1. Dick Cheney
2. Rush Limbaugh
3. Matt Drudge
4. Sarah Palin
5. Robert Gates
6. Glen Beck
7. Roger Ailes
8. David Petraeus
9. Paul Ryan
10. Tim Pawlenty
11. Mitt Romney
12. George W. Bush
13. John Roberts
14. Haley Barbour
15. Eric Cantor
16. John McCain
17. Mike Pence
18. Bob McDonnell
19. Newt Gingrich
20. Mike Huckabee

Is it a surprise that in their top ten, the conservatives have four people in the entertainment… er… news business (five if you count Palin now that she resigned her post as governor to commentate for Fox News) compared to one for the liberals (okay, two if you want to throw Al Gore in there nowadays)? The fact that Rush, Palin, and Beck have been ranked so influential makes me cringe.

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