“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Thursday, May 01, 2008
The Telegraph Teases Over Top 50 Political Pundits
The Telegraph is doing a daily tease on composing a list of the top 50 political pundits who shape American poitical opinion. They started Monday and published those ranked 41 to 50.From bottom to top they picked, Rachel Maddow, Mary Matalin, Paul Krugman, JC Watts, Mark Levin, Fred Barnes, Jeffrey Toobin, Paul Begala, Bill Bennett, and Mark Shields.
On Tuesday they went from 40 to 31 with Tony Snow, Dee Dee Myers, Michael Barone, Eugene Robinson, Newt Gingrich, Joe Trippi, Howard Kurtz, Roland Martin, William Kristol, Juan Williams.
The Wednesday 30 up to 21 were, Peggy Noonan, Ron Fournier, James Carville, Pat Buchanan, Arianna Huffington, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, Mike Allen, Dick Morris, and David Gergen.
We may call them the Cardinals over here at the humble EB, but they are an important part of US politics. Let's not let the Brits have all the fun. I think we should jump ahead and help them with the top ten. Do not forget the Democrats and left. Who are the top ten US political pundits?