What’s the Left’s answer with someone like Thomas Sowell, an unquestionably brilliant economist and scholar? You can’t just dismiss him as an idiot. How could a black man dedicate his life to intellectually strengthening the conservative movement to the degree that Sowell has? Within the prism of the Left there’s no legitimate answer other than the obvious one that can’t be confronted: maybe he’s got legitimate, thoughtful reasons for his ideas. So the only recourse is to hate. See Discover The Network’s page on black conservatives also.
19. Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin has been hitting the right notes for a long time now. I recall when her syndicated column first began and the visceral reactions that would follow her articles in the letters to the editor. And remember her early book In Defense of Internment and how it drove the lying worm Max Blumenthal to confront her on camera?
She was also the columnist on the Right to make the most effective transition to New Media, effectively becoming one of the key players and giving birth to the glorious Hot Air.
18. Andrew Breitbart
Breitbart understands what so many conservatives do not: the conflict with the Left is not an intellectual debate, it’s a war. His take-down of Blumenthal above is one of the best examples of him putting this principle into action.
With his Big Blogs he’s leading the way and setting the standards for how the Left is fought online. Everyone on the Right online — including NRB — is just following his lead.
17. Jonah Goldberg
Goldberg’s reason for his placement this prominent on the list is because of his smash bestseller Liberal Fascism. While he’s certainly a valuable player on the Right because of his columns and blogging it’s this big red brick that came crashing down on the Left in 2008. Just the title and cover image alone are like nails on a chalkboard to the Left
16. Senator Jim Inhofe
To merely express doubt about man causing global warming is an unspeakable heresy. To those schooled in The Church of Al Gore, that humanity expelling CO2 into the atmosphere will kill us all is as settled as germ theory.
So to challenge it head on is unpardonable. Such a person is an enemy of the planet itself.
Is there anyone more prominent and more aggressive challenging the Left on this subject than Inhofe? I don’t think so.