Talk:Essay:Conservatives of the Decade

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Top Ten Ranking

I suggest this top 10 ranking.

1. Rush Limbaugh: 20 million listeners, providing an alternative to liberal media bias.

2. Ann Coulter: While some on this list only emerged after Barack Obama's election, Ann Coulter has been irritating liberals for over 10 years.

3. Tea Party Movement: They will be an influence over the next decade as well,or atleast until Obama's final days in office in January 2013. For the first time in 30 years there is a major grassroots conservative movement. You can thank them for preventing many liberal policies on capital hill.

4. Sarah Palin: One of the few elected Republican politicians that truly represents grassroots conservatives.

5. Glenn Beck: Helped expose ACORN and led the fight against many of the actions of the Obama administration that the media had first ignored.

6. Rudy Giuliani: I'm sure that many on Conservapedia disagree with his stance on abortion. However, he was the hero of 9/11, the most popular politician in America, and an elegant spokesman on the need for a strong national defense.

7. Dick Cheney: The chief spokesman for neoconservatism.

8. Ron Paul: A libertarian-Republican whose presidential campaign gained a cult following among young voters.

9. Samuel Alito: His appointment was one of the few excellent choices made by the Bush Administration during his second term.

10. Karl Rove: The architect of Republican victories in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

Honorable Mentions

-Chippeterson December 28, 2009

REPLY: Great choices, and this sparks interesting debate. If I may be so bold, I'd particularly disagree about Limbaugh (he has the numbers, but where's the evidence of influence?), Giuliani (all talk but no achievements except making NYC safer in the 90s, at a time when most cities were getting safer due to demographic changes; don't forget that Giuliani endorsed Mario Cuomo!), Rove (architect of the 2006 loses and a big reason for the complete wipeout in 2008 also, I'm afraid!). But everyone can have his own views about this!--Andy Schlafly 21:56, 28 December 2009 (EST)

In the interest of debate, I think anyone who has as many listeners as Limbaugh must be influential. Giuliani had significant achievements as Mayor of New York, just read his bio here on conservapedia. Giuliani endorsed Cuomo, but under that logic Reagan wouldn't have made the 80's list because he once endorsed FDR and Truman. Giuliani could make the list of top 10 conservatives of the 90's or 2000's. You have a point about Rove, he's done a lot of harm and good to conservatives since 2000. Chippeterson December 28, 2009

Matt Drudge?

More of a libertarian than a classic conservative, but his influence in ending the hegemony of the mainstream media has been substantial. --Benp 22:28, 28 December 2009 (EST)

"Pat Robinson"?

I don't know this conservative, and Google hasn't helped. Perhaps Pat Robertson was intended? --JimR 23:01, 28 December 2009 (EST)

Marco Rubio?

This is a top 10 list of conservatives of the last decade. Not just the most influential conservatives since Obama took office, but in 2001, 2002, 2003 etc. Nobody knew who Marco Rubio even was a few months ago, he shouldn't even make the Honorable Mentions. Chippeterson December 28, 2009

Australia

I think that the top ten should have at least 1 outsider and as a proud Australian I would nominate John Howard who was Prime Minister of Australia from 1996-2007 and is widely considered to be one of Australia's most conservative leaders who was known for his extensive tax reform and a prolonged period of economic growth while eliminating all of Australias public debt shortly before losing the election.

If anythihng he deserves an Honorable Mention for his excellent policies. Here watch this video to gain a basic understanding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81UUgujTWgc