At Townhall.com, John Hawkins pronounces Sarah Palin one of the Top 10 conservatives of 2009:
"Her book tour was a tremendous success, not only in the book-selling department, but in repairing her image. Moreover, she was one of the most effective Republican voices in the health care debate and in an innovative move, she did it from her Facebook page. If Sarah Palin can be as successful in 2010 and 2011 as she was in 2009, we may be calling her President Palin in 2012."The former governor was #4 on Hawkins' list, after talker Glenn Beck (#3), AcornBusters James O'Keefe & Hannah Giles (#2) and The Tea Party Movement (#1).
Hawkins is well known in conservative circles for his list-making. This one is, of course, just one man's opinion. We have no doubt, for example, that Sarah Palin supporters will agree with us that she should have been ranked higher. And Mark Levin fans have good reason to complain as well. His name is not on the list, despite the fact that his top selling book Liberty and Tyranny was one of the major conservative releases which had a significant impact in 2009. And God bless the courageous Carrie Prejean, but should she really be ranked ahead of Jim Demint, Rush Limbaugh, Marco Rubio and Andrew Breitbart on a list of the top conservatives of the year?
The complete list, with Hawkins' commentary, is here.