Monday, November 5, 2007

Most influential Americans in politics

The Daily Telegraph has recently published the list of most influential Liberal and Conservative Americans. I've had some fun with the lists, and here are the results:

The grid is as follows: top-left position shows the most influential person, bottom-right the least of the top 100. Actually, top 101, as both lists had one field populated by two people; in the Liberals case with a man and a woman, thus the half-shaded gender box. The patterns tell part of the story: Conservatives are much more homogeneous, consisting primarily of white males. However, they also tend to be younger on top of the list, which came as somewhat of a surprise to me. As much as I'd like to see the "lame ducks" who most likely die before the mess they create can play out itself, I also understand that the longer a person is in the top echelons of a political system, the more influential that person is likely to become. The fact that so many Conservatives in the top 20 are below 50 indicates a possible lack of confidence in the older generation (a possible proof of this is the fact that G.W.Bush placed 21st).

One thing the pattern doesn't show is that there are virtually no Asians in the list. The only two Asian Americans are both conservatives, one of Indian and one of Filipino heritage. Also, it is important to realize that as with any such list, it is certainly not definitive. In fact, I'm expecting similar lists from other publications to differ from this one a great deal.

So who made it to the list? Here are all of them:



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