October 1st, 2008
04:09 PM ET

The five most important people in American politics not running for president

Mark Halperin
Editor-at-large & Senior analyst, TIME Magazine
The Page, TIME.com

  1. McCain pollster Bill McInturff
  2. Roy Blunt
  3. John Boehner
  4. Todd Palin
  5. Harry Reid

Read original article on The Page at TIME.com

Filed under: Mark Halperin • Raw Politics
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  1. TomA


    Halperin has been publishing these lists every other day or so (I've lost track) - they change each time and there is *never* any explanation or analysis.

    I like Halperin and respect him - but these lists are driving me nuts! What possible value does an uncommented list of prominent people involved in the campaign have for *anyone*???

    Please, please, please, pass this along to the source: What gives?

    October 13, 2008 at 6:18 am |
  2. Jaime M. Mesa,AZ

    There are NO women on your list. Maybe that was a good thing putting Gov. Palin's husband instead of her sounds more like a parody; but on second thought is really scary! But, if she was the only representative of the fairer more well- balanced sex that would really have pissed me off . After seeing women like Barbara Jordin who would have been one of the most brilliant politicians and a true public servant .....but she was way ahead of her time. If Gov. Palin and Rep. Pelosi (after losing respect for her after her divisive speech and lack of any kind of leadership ),represent the women of our times, well that is just too depressing to accept. To point out how racist and sexist we still are could you imagine anyone saying "And the nominee for the Republican Party is a MAN! A SENIOR CITIZEN and a WHITE MAN, Senator from Arizona John McCain has WON the Republican nomination. Anyone watching the historic moment when Barack Obama was nominated for the Democratic candidate who got a lump in their throat and a tear in their eye knew it was an historic moment. How sad that we have not risen above these identifiers we still must use for those in the minority. We must strive to educate our children and try to act as if that people are judged on their individual merits and actions and these labels are invisible. I wore a button that said I think $0.56 in 1976 as a Freshman in College to illustrate the disparity in equal pay for equal work for women. The fact that still 32 years later this is even being discussed let alone true is distressing in are Great Soceity. There are no women on your list.
    Jaime M.
    Obama supporter
    And A WHITE WOMAN !!!Yeah!!!

    October 1, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Yolanda

    I think both Senator Hillary Clinton and Warren Buffett should be a part of that list. Todd Palin? Important to whom?

    October 1, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  4. lampe

    The #1 person, should be Sen. H. R. Clinton. OH! that's right it was stolen away from her.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  5. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Are you kidding me? Todd Palin???????????????????????

    Our Nation and its complexities is not a joke.

    October 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  6. larry

    Surprised you didn't include Barney Frank and Penny Pritzker

    October 1, 2008 at 8:43 pm |

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