Americans would have a very difficult time listing the top 100 conservatives in the United Kingdom. Likewise, a British newspaper keeps trying to list the 100 most influential conservatives in the U.S. – and keeps making glaring errors.
The London Telegraph obviously has a different understanding of the definition of “conservative” than American conservatives hold. The 2010 list is raising eyebrows over its selection of the top 100 U.S. conservatives, just as the Telegraph’s 2007 list did.
The Arizona Conservative lumped Telegraph choices into the following groups, followed by a short list of who should have been included:
James Dobson, Ann Coulter, Tony Perkins, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachmann, Joe Wilson, Michael Barone, Paul Gigot, Victor Davis Hanson, Eric Erickson, Christopher Ruddy, Frank Luntz, Tom DeLay, Mike Murphy, Bob Tyrrell, Marc Thiessen, Peggy Noonan, Fred Thompson, Patrick Ruffini, Eric Odom, John Kasich, Thomas Sowell, Bill O’Reilly, Marco Rubio, Ron Paul, Michelle Malkin, George Will, Justice Clarence Thomas, Michael Savage, Rick Perry, David Keene, Morton Blackwell, Alex Castellanos, California Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Roger Ailes, Gen. David Petraus, Cong. Paul Ryan, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Chief Justice John Roberts, Haley Barbour, Cong. Eric Cantor, Cong. Mike Pence, Gov. Bob McDonnell, Newt Gingrich, Andrew Breitbart, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Shawn Hannity, Mark Levin, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Laura Ingraham, Antonin Scalia, Cong. John Boehner, Ed Feulner, Sen. Tom Coburn, Rich Lowry, Sen. John Thune
NO WAY, ARE YOU KIDDING?
Scandal-ridden South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. (an ambassador in the Obama Administration), Florida’s RINO Governor Charlie Crist, RINO Senator Lindsay Graham (South Carolina), Lou Dobbs, Meg Whitman (McCainiac and California candidate for governor), Senator Judd Gregg (New Hampshire), ultra-liberal Senator Olympia Snowe (Maine), Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake (supports amnesty and one of the congressional bills at the top of the homosexual agenda’s wish list, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act), former Congressman Dick Armey (once joined forces with the ACLU), Dick Morris, Grover Norquist (sympathetic to homosexual agenda), RINO Mary Matalin, RINO Richard Lugar, Carly Fiorina, RINO Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Schmidt (favors same-sex “marriage”), neo-con Bill Kristol, liberal Rudy Giuliani, Robert Gates, Sen. John Mccain (loathes conservatives and social issues), David Brooks (New York Times lib), Charles Krauthammer (not pro-life), Sen. Joe Lieberman (not even close), Karl Rove (opposed conservative Republican congressional candidates; insisted on the re-election of liberal Arlen Specter, helping assure cloture on health care bill), Michael Steele
DON’T BELONG IN THE TOP 100
Liz Cheney, Clifford May, Jack Keane, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Tucker Carlson, former Florida Congressman and TV show host Joe Scarborough (going green), Jon Voight (too much unknown about his views on social issues), Mitt Romney (squishy on social issues), former President George W. Bush (amnesty, big government, spending), Mike Huckabee (damaged conservative movement in Arkansas), David Frumm, John Bolton, Gov. Mitch Daniels
THESE CONSERVATIVES SHOULD BE INCLUDED
Cong. Trent Franks, former Cong. Tom Tancredo, Mark Steyn, Phyllis Schlafly, Justice Clarence Thomas, Chuck Colson, Professor Robert George, Wesley J. Smith, David Barton, Gov. Mike Rounds, National Right To Life Director Douglas Johnson, Mark Crutcher, Dinesh D’Souza, David Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, Albert Mohler, Maggie Gallagher, Jonah Goldberg, Byron York, Gary Bauer, Bill Bennett, John McArthur, Brian Brown, Rev. Charles Chaput, Edwin Meese, Jim Daly, William Donohue, Wayne Grudem, Harry Jackson Jr., Richard Land, Tim Keller, Don Wildmon, Ravi Zacharias