As a gimmick* to get more visits to their website, the Telegraph ranked the top 100 most influential liberals and top 100 most influential conservatives in the United States.

Top 5 Conservatives

1. Dick Cheney
2. Rush Limbaugh
3. Matt Drudge
4. Sarah Palin
5. Robert Gates

56. Alex Castellanos
(Political media strategist; grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill)

97. Marc Thiessen
(Republican speechwriter and long-time aide to Jesse Helms)

Top 5 Liberals

1. Barack Obama
2. Hillary Clinton
3. Nancy Pelosi
4. Bill Clinton
5. Rahm Emanuel

100. John Edwards

* Telegraph reporters divided the list into five with 20 people in each installment and published it over five successive days. The suspense was killing me.