John Hawkins' 50 Most Popular "Conservatives" (according to Google searches last year)

By the Left Coast Rebel

In the mailbox -- John Hawkins over at Right Wing News just compiled a list of most-Googled conservatives and it's quite telling in my never-humble opinion.

The trouble is that the vast majority of the folks on the list are not conservatives -- at least in the individual freedom, classical liberal sense; rather they are Republicans. And that's a huge problem today; you have the Democrats -- who want to expand government to the outer reaches of the universe -- and you have the Republicans, who merely complain (a little) and nibble at the fringes of the Democrat's statist agenda...

It's no wonder the Republican party is such a joke when Mitt Romney (a progressive, former liberal governor of Taxachusetts) is the number one conservative search, Paul Ryan (a fraud) is two and Speaker Boner (responsible for handing Obama every bankruptcy budget he's wanted and a chief budget-buster during GWB's tenure) is number three.

At least Ron Paul is number four, I guess. I counted 8 people I would actually consider true conservatives.

Here's the list and number of searches per name starting at number 50; I'd like to know what you think:


50) Jan Brewer 199,000
49) Jim DeMint 203,000
48) Mark Steyn 205,000
47) Koch Brothers 205,000
46) Ted Cruz 214,000
45) Dennis Miller 219,000
44) Charles Krauthammer 241,000
43) Michael Savage 248,000
42) Thomas Sowell 255,000
41) Wayne LaPierre 256,000
40) George Will 446,000
39) Dr. Laura 472,000
38) Clarence Thomas 574,000
37) Eric Cantor 648,000
36) Pat Robertson 993,000
35) John Roberts 1,040,000
34) Mike Huckabee 1,110,000
33) Mark Levin 1,170,000
32) Dick Cheney 1,180,000
31) Todd Akin 1,270,000
30) Allen West 1,400,000
29) Ann Coulter 1,480,000
28) Karl Rove 1,530,000
27) Herman Cain 1,560,000
26) Bobby Jindal 1,580,000
25) Ben Shapiro 1,660,000
24) Mitch McConnell 1,730,000
23) Sean Hannity 1,740,000
22) Michelle Malkin 1,820,000
21) Ted Nugent 1,880,000
20) Rick Scott 2,010,000
19) Marco Rubio 2,090,000
18) Michele Bachmann 2,230,000
17) Scott Walker 2,330,000
16) Rick Santorum 2,740,000
15) Bill O’Reilly 2,740,000
14) Newt Gingrich 3,150,000
13) Rand Paul 3,220,000
12) Rick Perry 3,520,000
11) Rush Limbaugh 4,260,000
10) Chuck Norris 12,300,000
9) George Bush 13,800,000
8) George W. Bush 23,900,000
7) Sarah Palin 25,500,000
6) Chris Christie 32,300,000
5) Glenn Beck 33,800,000
4) Ron Paul 35,100,000
3) John Boehner 47,100,000
2) Paul Ryan 54,800,000
1) Mitt Romney 133,000,000

"Conservative?"

20 comments:

  1. All I shall opine is this; my, what a broad brush some people paint with. Most republicans love to label themselves as conservatives because it gives them warm and fuzzy feelings, but that is simply not the case. Take away abortion and gun control issues and both sides agree on more than 90% of everything.

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  2. We will never get anywhere with the limited government movement when "conservative" is synonymous with "republican" - changing the country and culture to one that values liberty also involves changing the language since its been compotes by the left.

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    1. Actually a few rather scary individuals on the list, A few with fascist leanings.
      Some milquetoast, some without a clue, a very few with a clue.

      The rEpublican party is in trouble. Serious trouble. And the "conservative movement" in full ain't far behind.

      It is a new age, the marketing, salesmanship, and packaging of ideas and candidates are the challenge. D stands for demographics. And they are changing. An opportunity and the challenge.

      Sledgehammers don't change many minds or win support.

      And so goes the country...

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    2. The left controls the debate, and they generally have the most influence over the use of the terminology as well. They've decided to conflate "conservative" with "Republican" for their own advantage. The fuzziness of that language works well for statist repubs too. Besides the conservative minority, everybody wins.

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  3. Quite a range of personalities in that listing. Equating the GOP with conservatism is pretty common...but probably only in the sense that the particular list contained no flaming liberals!

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  4. I count at least 10 solid conservatives, easily 12+ if you include libertarians. Not a one of them perfect, but some pretty close. Most of my favorite names cluster toward the end of this list.

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  5. For the newbies and me in this group of commenters, this post is very revealing. I always thought that the GOP was conservative. Slowly I began to see that this might not be true. Like the Dems, the GOP is forcibly ruled by the old guard, who I believe are not really interested in "traditional values" which are never, conveniently, actually spelled out. Their goal is to win the election. Two entirely different things.
    Not that important, but what I did not see on the list were two Sheriffs, Arpaio (and Mack), which I connected more to the Tea Party than the GOP. They belong to Constitutional Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association. I also think that it was the Tea Party which was so visible in 2010, got many candidates elected to Congress, not by their sheer will, but because the Party had chosen to back candidates which resonated the fundamentals so many Americans wanted to see return. Please note that when push came to shove, several of these were removed from their posts by the entrenched members. Why? Probably because the TP members were quite vocal in what they represented, and whom. They became an irritant and embarrassment to the GOP.
    A National Election is not a time to try new stuff, but maybe trotting out a couple of really basic, important Conservative issues might help people to be able to tell the difference. They, also, just might vote for the opposition, unfortunately.
    It's hard to tell from the clamor, who is who, and who is getting the most money, not who is actually interested in the Constitution and what it represents. All I know is that true Conservatives got short shrift this time around.

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    1. Present day conservatism is dying a slow death, and rightly so. What is needed is a re discovery of Classical Liberalism with a healthy dose of Objectivism tossed in.

      My best guess, it ain't going to happen anytime soon.

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    2. RN, I'm just curious; what would you define as present day conservatism? I ask because I personally don't identify with any party or group. My reasoning for this is that I don't agree with everything any one particular party stands for. I'd say I lean libertarian more than any others, but there's still some issues I don't agree with. Having said that I've found that when debating in my demographic (I'm 25), by affiliating one's self with a group, you've marginalized yourself and made it easier to be attacked on points you don't agree with, nor support. I find this happens the most when discussing topics with republicans.

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    3. Socons and Neocons, combined with the most extreme Tea Party elements make up a odd combination that fall under that umbrella IMNH.

      Too lean libertatian as well. Classical Liberalism is my base.

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  6. I guess I'm one of those SoCons of which you speak, because I believe that social conservatism is critical to fixing the problems we're having right now.

    One example (and the biggest one, insofar as how much of our federal budget is swallowed up by it) is 'entitlement programs' - Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, AFDC, etc., etc. 'Entitlement' has a pejorative connotation now because so many folks feel they're 'entitled' to that money when, technically and realistically, they're not - they're fully physically and mentally capable of holding down gainful employment.

    That mind-set is a social construct - people THINK they're entitled to government assistance regardless whether they really ARE or OUGHT TO BE entitled to it by virtue of old age or physical/mental incapacity. If we're to have a hope in hell of fixing or overhauling entitlement programs, people have to be (I guess you could say) re-educated in the socially conservative ideas of hard work and earning your keep.

    Until you can do this, IMO, you can forget trying to fix the financial disaster that is entitlement programs.

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    1. Some libertarians have an irrational, bigoted fear of "socons." They're so spooked by the specter a Christian theocratic apocalypse, they're unable to work constructively with conservatives, even sympathetic ones. I think that accounts for some of their failure to accomplish very much.

      Outside the realm of social issues (in which libertarians are all-too-willing to abandon logic and ideology to march lockstep with the statist left), hardcore libertarians rely too heavily on raw, unadorned reason -- which is as ineffective as it is admirable.

      Conservatives are clearly losing politically and culturally in our society, but they enjoy some political advantages that libertarians struggle to grasp.

      Libertarians have a lot to offer, but they have some self-defeating tendencies that interfere with their ability to move the political needle in their own direction.

      IMHO, FWIW

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  7. Social Security in not an entitlement. I, as well as many millions have spent a lifetime (in my case 44 years and counting) paying into a system that I had no recourse but to do so. I, and millions of others are correct to expect something back on that "investment" we were forced to make.

    Been working hard and earning my keep for quite some time. Just like many millions of other responsible hard working Americans. So please, spare me the obvious inference.

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    1. Apres moi, le deluge!

      Social Security is by definition an entitlement. I'm sorry you've been robbed for the past 44 years, but you did not "pay into" anything. Your money was taken from you by force and given away to others, many of whom were very probably more wealthy than you. Your money has been spent.

      Having been robbed as a young person does not give you the moral right to rob young people in your old age.

      When the hard-working young people who will be forced to subsidize your curmudgeonly pseudo-libertarian golden years reach their own geriatric phase, your precious SS ponzi scheme will have collapsed. You think you have the right to screw them just because you were screwed?

      You might have more in common with the statist left than you think.

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    2. I find little to disagree with as far as the objective premise of your statements go.

      I have no argument with the need to reform the system so it 1) does't ultimately bankrupt the nation , 2) burden your young ass with responsibility and obligation for anything, and 3) actually works.

      Now, go actually read the REAL Thomas Paine and get your head out of your ass.

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  8. IMO, social security is not an entitlement. Apparently, Ron Paul and
    Ayn Rand
    were of the same, if reluctant, opinion.

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    1. And you , Rand Paul, Ayn Rand, as well as myself are correct. IMNHO.

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    2. For people who work, especially those who have been in the Service, and then come out and make careers elsewhere, to be told that they belong to the "entitlement" group, is really hard to swallow. In 1998 I took an American History class and was told that America was peopled with entitlement recipients. I was embarrassed. I really could not dispute it, but I felt small and ashamed that I had been found out. My husband and I had retired in '96 and moved north, and I enrolled in Com. Coll. To sit there and having to listen to that made me feel small. Students behind me became VERY vocal. :)
      A couple of years later I met someone who had been in the Service, then worked for the Bureau of Reclamations. She was taking an American History class and heard the same statement. She was so enraged. We both needed the class, so said nothing, and just swallowed the bile.
      I still don't know quite how to take that "Entitlement" title, but I do remember working damned hard my entire life, paying all those FICA taxes, never missing Tax Day, etc.
      I feel there is a real stigma attached to receiving entitlements, but SocSec helps pay the bills and helps to support my less fortunate daughter, son-in-law and their four children each month.

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  9. The beltway GOP is a lie.

    Republicans, *gigglesnort*, are just statist-lite.

    Democrats. Oy. Where do I even begin?

    So where does that leave the rest of us? Libertarian.
    I myself am a Libertarian Conservative. This simply means I want the Constitution to be actually consulted and used for proper governance, I want government to leave their hands out of societal issues, and I want to be left the hell alone, with the money I make, and have a secure future for my children and their children.

    Government should work for us. We all know this. We all agree on this. But what we have in front of us as our 'elected officials' is a far, far cry from true freedom and liberty. As a matter of fact, I see me some Socialism pretty rampant these days on American soil, rooting itself in the halls of Congress and our White House. No one with any common sense would agree that an atheist would make for a good Pastor. Yet, heh, we have avowed Socialists serving in Congress, and we are, last I looked, a Capitalist Nation. Odd, that.

    Just remember: We deserve what we tolerate.

    Thank you for allowing me this rant. That is all. Long Live the Republic.

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  10. Not all Democrats are statists. I like Ron Paul simply because he's open to questioning state and executive branch power.

    Many average Republicans only oppose gov't power when a Democrat is exercising it. Many average Democrats do the same. That's why we're not seeing significant protests against the US drone wars.

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