Who is most conservative?Submitted by phoobaar on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 13:54
Telegraph.co.uk has published a list of the most influential US liberals and conservatives (according to them). Among the declared Republican candidates, the results are:
1. RUDY GIULIANI
9. JOHN MCCAIN
10. MITT ROMNEY
11. MIKE HUCKABEE
54. FRED THOMPSON
96. RON PAUL
This made me laugh out loud.
Guliani is not *at all* conservative, let alone the *most* conservative. Even Republicans who intend to vote for him are holding their noses, but they're so afraid of Clinton that they will vote for whichever guy with an (R) next to his name who polls highest.
McCain is known as a "maverick" for a reason: because he fraternizes with liberals and won't toe the party line! He's a centrist, which is a nice way of saying that he doesn't stand for anything.
Romney is a lot like Guliani; even his supporters aren't thrilled with him as a conservative. And his record as Governor of Taxachusettes speaks for itself.
Huckabee's record on immigration is a problem, from the conservative perspective, but he scores points with evangelicals.
Thompson is only thought of as conservative because he never says anything, but he is (wrongly) considered the most "Reagan-like."
Ron Paul is not a conservative in the sense implied by this article, but he is the only *constitutional* conservative on the list.
If I had to reorder the list according to how they intended, it would look more like this:
Interestingly, liberals are voicing similar feelings about their list. It seems like everyone is racing for the middle, except Ron Paul.