Two years ago, we had 30 nominees with a significant number of votes that we could actually rank.
This year, there were 40.
And so in this episode, I’ll give the results from 40 up to 21:
40. Bridget Sutton: The southeast metro activist, Inver Grove Heights school board member, wife of former GOP chair Tony, and potential candidate for many things, Sutton makes her first appearance on the poll.
39. Jen DeJournette: One of the heads of “VOICES of Conservative Women”, DeJournette was one of a big surge in female nominees and vote-getters.
38. Katie Kieffer (2010 Ranking 30): Kieffer, the up-and-coming conservative columnist, actually got about the same number of votes as in 2010. The competition was just that much more intense this year.
37. Alan Quist (2010 Ranking: Nominated): Quist would probably have finished around this point in 1998, if I’d had a blog then…
36. Gretchen Hoffman: The no-nonsense – and, unfortunately, retiring – Senator from northwest Minnesota will be missed, here and especially at the Capitol.
35. Any Corporation that stands up to them: Pretty self-explanatory.
34. Sarah Palin: I did label the poll “Minnesota” conservatives – but I think this is accurate enough.
33. Michael Brodkorb (2010 Ranking 5): The former Senate Commo director, Party deputy and NARN co-host dropped sharply this year. Liberals apparently hate him less because he’s not focusing on, and shredding, them.
32. All Female and Minority Conservatives: This may have been the overriding theme of this poll; it’s the women and the “Minorities”.
31. Scott Walker: You don’t have to be a Minnesotan for Minnesota liberals to hate you.
30. John Hinderaker (2010 Ranking 13): The acerbic Power Line blogger dropped out of the top 20 this year.
26. Tony Sutton (2010 Ranking: Nominated): Sutton’s profile as the target of lefty ire certainly grew in the past two years.
28. Tom Hauser / KSTP TV: Hauser and The Five got some votes this year, from people who noted that Twin Cities liberals have been whining that they are “conservative flaks”. Which is apparently a Twin Cities liberal term for “actually reports facts about Republicans”, even if they’re not unflattering.
27. Twila Brase (2010 Ranking 28): Brase – my neighbor – stays at about the same level of general loathing. This next two years may change that.
26. Sara Anderson: The majordomo of the Republican redistricting plan was certain to be the target of plenty of lefty animus, given the left’s propensity for attacking people when they can’t attack facts.
25. Steve Drazkowski: The Senator from southeast Minnesota certainly spent this past session fielding the brickbats.
24. Pat Garofalo: The Lakeville rep took his share of flak and then some for leading the challenge of Minnesota’s big herd of sacred cattle, Education Minnesota, and raising his hand for Minnesota taxpayers.
23. Kurt Bills: The MN Senate candidate made a strong debut showing.
22. Matt Dean: The House Majority Leader also had a strong debut.
21. Bradlee Dean (2010 Ranking 17): I’m not sure that Dean is actually hated any less; it’s just that with the Minnesota “Independent” out of business, there’s not somebody writing about him eight hours a day, every day.
We’ll have 11 through 20 tomorrow morning, and wrap up the contest with the top ten tomorrow at noon!