1. drjay says:

    don’t be so modest –you epitomize the power of the new internet afterall…and unlike the troll at number 80–you are an almost elected official to boot

  2. SpaceyG says:

    Hello!!!! But how do you rank in GEORGIA??? This is a GEORGIA blog, right. Issues of global significance have no place here. That’s what the toddlers keep whining about on my posts at least.

    Seriously, that’s cool Erick. If you actually enjoy being labeled a conservative. Of course I’d rather pull my toenails out slowly one by one, but I’m happy and proud for YOU — where of course all our attentions should always be focused.

  3. shep1975 says:

    A prophet is never respected in his own home town (or state for that matter). Maybe now the Georgia Trend people will take notice.

    Congrats Erick!!!!

  4. SpaceyG says:

    A print outlet based in Georgia even realize there is a blogosphere yet????? Shep, you are crackin’ me way the you-know-what UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFL!!!!!

  5. ChuckEaton says:

    The irony is most people who are ideologically to the right don’t mind being called a conservative – it’s typicaly a badge of honor, but if you’re to the left and want to get elected the word “liberal” is treated like the plague. The new euphemism is “progressive” – that speaks volumes about the two philosophies.

    Even the “darling of the left” Hillary runs from the term – taken from the UK article Erick was mentioned in:

    To qualify for the lists, people have to live and work in the United States. conservatives are people identifiably

  6. SpaceyG says:

    Spelling the word “center”, even in a quote, as “centre” is a punishable offense on Peach Pundit, Chucky. I’m reporting you immediately to the ministry for your un-Georgian behavior. Erick too for linking to what is surely a media source run by flaming “liberals” and other societal abbhorents.

  7. Chuck-

    Does it speak volumes about political philosophy, or about political branding and marketing. I think the latter.

    Just to be clear, I’m addressing this to Chuck Eaton, not Chuck Norris. I would never dare disagree with Chuck Norris.

  8. ChuckEaton says:


    I think most folks identify liberals as left of center and conservatives as right of center. So when someone runs from the term “liberal” it’s running from the identification for being to the left of center. If they want to use the word “progressive” as a new brand then fine, but once the public catches on they’ll be searching for a new euphemism.

    If this is not the case then what is it that liberals have been unfairly branded with?

    Just to be clear, my first name is used in honor of Chuck Norris.

  9. ChuckEaton says:


    No question “compassionate conservative” was a euphemism, although “conservative” was kept in the brand and it’s a term used by a minority.

    But you have to admit, there are a lot more conservatives willing to wear the “conservative badge” proudly than liberals wearing the “liberal badge”. Democrat candidates are so terrified of the term “liberal” you can’t even get the top 3 candidates in a primary to use the term to describe themselves.

  10. ChuckEaton says:


    I don’t think Bush ran away from the conservative label at all. He used it in his “compassionate conservative” description – which is to me is redundant.

    And he sure didn’t have a problem with the term during the primary.

    I think the problem is you’re using Bush as an example of all national republican figures.

    I can find you plenty of top tier GOP candidates currently running for President begging to be labeled a conservative, why don’t you find me one top tier Dem candidate for President willing to be labeled a liberal? Edwards is on the edge because he’s trying to get some traction and has become increasingly socialist with his proposals – but I’m not sure if even he would go so far out on the edge as to call himself a “liberal”.

    Obviously there are tight regional pockets in this country were the term liberal is popular. I’m sure there has been an occasion when Pelosi has used the term in San Fransico.

  11. Rick Day says:

    problem is, due to the implosion of the party over BushCo ™ there are only about 120 people who call themselves ‘conservatives’ anymore.

    “Independent” is the new cool label, conservative is out with Nancy Reagan’s hairstyle.

    S’rsly, congrats. I think.

  12. Donkey Kong says:

    I think the greatest part of all this is that Erick is ranked higher than Ron Paul, who is ranked #96!!!

  13. Rick Day,

    I felt the lowest of the low when someone told me my Lego-man/helmet haircut looked very “Nancy Reagan.” Not a good feeling. I never let my coif fall into that style again.

  14. Donkey Kong says:


    It tends to be more of a “I thought I was conservative, but if Bush is a conservative, I don’t want to be one too.”

    I will proudly wear the label conservative until death. Even after death, I plan to hang a poster of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater on the walls of my house when we receive the new heavens and the new earth ages hence.

  15. Holly says:

    Congrats on making this list, Erick. I gotta say, though, the ratings are odd. Love ya, Erick, but I think Henry Kissinger is more influental, even still.

  16. StevePerkins says:

    This is a strange list of “conservatives’! Screw this “left-of-center, right-of-center” distinction… apparently those wacky Brits define conservatives as “Christians who love big government”, and liberals as “Agnostics who love big government”.

    Congrats, regardless.

  17. StevePerkins says:

    I just made a weird observation. About 80% of the people on the liberal list have photographs showing beaming smiles. Meanwhile, about 80% of the conservative photos feature either evil scowls like Emperor Palpatine, or else looks of constipation severe enough to warrant medical treatment.

    I would suggest media bias here… but then again, Senator Murtha’s photo is bad enough to trump the entire conservative list singlehandedly!

  18. Holly says:

    Steve, the British ideals of conservatism would likely be different than ours because they are a socialist society, right? I’m just guessing there.

    Also, I think it’s fair to say there’s a media bias in British papers. From what I’ve observed, it’s only American media that seems to be concerned with avoiding slants.

  19. GodHatesTrash says:

    SpaceGirl, you need to broaden your horizons. Them southron boys you been hanging with don’t know how to have sex without a milk stool.

    Besides, that whole “soixante-neuf” is a French thing, and you know how much those rednecks hate anything French…

  20. Donkey Kong says:

    Hey now, the Brits have a solid contingent of good conservatives. David Cameron is leading the Tories back to prominence. And, speaking of the new media, check out , a great conservative British media site.

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