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Top 100 Conservative Political Websites of 2007
Intellectual Conservative ^ | July 30, 2007 | Rachel Alexander

Posted on 07/31/2007 6:19:53 AM PDT by az4vlad

 The most popular 100 conservative political websites and blogs for 2007 are listed here. Read who made the list and who surprisingly didn't.


Here is a ranking of the top 100 conservative political websites and blogs. Other than sifting and sorting through directories like alexa’s, there’s no easy to determine what are the most popular conservative websites. John Hawkins of rightwingnews has ranked all political websites in order of popularity in the past, but hasn’t put out an updated list since 2004. I have attempted to create an updated list of the conservative websites for 2007, using alexa’s directory and rankings. There are other sites like trafficranking.comwhich use different methodology to rank the popularity of websites, however, alexa’s system, which is based on the web surfing habits of those using its browser helper software remains the most popular. 

Conservative websites fall under various categories in the alexa directory, so I may not have found everyone. If you have been inadvertently left off, please email meso I can adjust the list, even if it means lengthening it to the top 125 or so. In some cases, it wasn’t easy to determine whether or not a site really belonged in this list. I am still open to changing some of the methodology, if you would like to dispute how I included or excluded sites I would like to hear from you. 

Blogs without their own domain name, such as blogs run off of blogspot.com, were not included, since with few exceptions, alexa does not separate them out. Some conservative leaning or more mainstream libertarian sites like the Cato Institute, Reason, and Radley Balko I thought should be included, whereas others that were more traditionally libertarian I left out (those included Neil Boortz’s site, ranked 35,416, samizdata, ranked 90,209, and the Libertarian Party site, ranked 116,978). I left out the Christian Science Monitor(ranked 12,583) because it is not reliably conservative, but I included U.S. News & World Report, since I believe it is still generally right leaning. 

I included think tanks and organizations like the legal American Center for Law and Justice, individual personalities like Michelle Malkin, and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal. I may have left off some right of center regional newspapers, although I included the biggest ones. I included non-American sites, although there were few, and one German-language site I left off (think tank Konrad Adenhauer Foundation– ranked 176,951) 

I excluded one issue sites, for example sites that deal only with abortion or gun issues. I left off campaign sites since those sites come and go quickly. I left off sites like Politically Correct, which runs political cartoons (ranked 62,714), and conservative libraries like Online Library of Liberty(ranked 320,732). 

Now for the interesting findings. There were some big disappointments. The Republican National Committee barely made the list at 405,641. Scrappleface, which most of us remember as one of the early popular satire sites, also barely made the list at 433,108. The following sites didn’t even make the list: 


Hugh Hewitt – 5,633,009

Federalist Society – 1,245,004

Christian Coalition – 1,002,811

American Conservative Union – 950,055

Independent Women’s Forum – 930,362

Ifeminists.com – 828,382


And here is the list. Intellectual Conservative rounds out the end of the top 100.

  1. Drudge Report – 951
  2. Fox News - 599
  3. Wall Street Journal – 1,043
  4. New York Post – 1,778
  5. WorldNetDaily – 4,605
  6. NewsMax – 5,334
  7. Boston Herald – 6,684
  8. Free Republic – 7,114
  9. Town Hall – 7,915
  10. U.S. News and World Report - 8,694
  11. National Review Online – 10,502
  12. Politico – 11,359
  13. Lew Rockwell – 13,174
  14. Washington Times – 13,621
  15. Rush Limbaugh – 14,117
  16. Real Clear Politics – 17,027
  17. The Post Chronicle – 19,203
  18. Reason Online – 19,942
  19. Little Green Footballs – 21,079
  20. Michelle Malkin – 23,570
  21. Instapundit – 25,661
  22. Ludwig von Mises Institute – 28,169
  23. Human Events – 28,937
  24. Weekly Standard – 43,327
  25. Powerlineblog – 41,288
  26. Heritage Foundation – 48,044
  27. FrontPageMag – 48,461
  28. Red State – 49,599
  29. Free Market News – 54,314
  30. Jewish World Review – 55,733
  31. Lucianne – 56,585
  32. Ann Coulter – 57,910
  33. Cato Institute – 58,391
  34. Volokh Conspiracy – 61,682
  35. Vdare – 76,539
  36. American Thinker – 81,917
  37. Michael Savage – 82,673
  38. Bill O’Reilly – 83,723
  39. Sean Hannity – 87,305
  40. RightWingNews – 106,285
  41. American Enterprise Institute – 108,262
  42. American Spectator – 118,709
  43. Mens News Daily – 126,426
  44. Laura Ingraham – 145,994
  45. Ilana Mercer – 162,520
  46. Adam Smith Institute (U.K.) – 162,584
  47. Radley Balko – The Agitator – 165,128
  48. Snapped Shot – 166,275
  49. American Conservative – 181,314
  50. GOPUSA – 186,477
  51. Acton Institute – 187,367
  52. Renew America – 190,345
  53. Christopher Hitchens – 194,067
  54. Hoover Institution – 200,268
  55. Political Crossfire – 200,941
  56. Commentary Magazine – 211,054
  57. Liberty Forum – 211,445
  58. An Englishman’s Castle (U.K.) – 228,967
  59. World and I (Washington Times) – 236,083
  60. Accuracy in Media – 232,120
  61. American Daily – 251,092
  62. Media Research Center – 253,620
  63. Etherzone – 257,691
  64. Heartland Institute – 257,924
  65. Café Hayek – 265,888
  66. John Birch Society – 273,956
  67. Concerned Women for America – 277,015
  68. Independent Institute – 281,097
  69. National Center for Policy Analysis – 290,051
  70. La Shawn Barber’s Corner – 300,533
  71. View from the Right – 301,593
  72. Becker-Posner Blog – 305,780
  73. Fraser Institute (Canadian) – 307,688
  74. World Magazine – 307,978
  75. Tom G. Palmer – 310,087
  76. Talk Show America – 318,999
  77. Tom Rants – 346,982
  78. MichNews – 361,642
  79. RealityCheck – 325,321
  80. Family Research Council – 332,263
  81. National Center for Public Policy Research – 334,388
  82. Insight Magazine – 334,429
  83. American Center for Law & Justice – 341,008
  84. Club for Growth – 341,118
  85. Tammy Bruce – 353,769
  86. Sierra Times – 359,115
  87. John Locke Foundation – 359,971
  88. Enter Stage Right – 361,598
  89. Judicial Watch – 367,970
  90. Eagle Forum – 381,771
  91. Sweetness and Light – 390,593
  92. Discovery Institute – 398,031
  93. Conservative Underground – 406,018
  94. Hudson Institute – 419,364
  95. Reason Foundation – 426,451
  96. Young America’s Foundation – 450,076
  97. Republican National Committee – 405,641
  98. Scrappleface – 433,108
  99. Claremont Institute – 456,349

100. Intellectual Conservative – 458,064



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1 posted on 07/31/2007 6:20:00 AM PDT by az4vlad
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To: az4vlad

We’re Number 8!!


2 posted on 07/31/2007 6:21:32 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Scratch a RINO, and you'll find a global elitist beneath the surface.)
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To: az4vlad
8. Free Republic – 7,114

38. Bill O’Reilly – 83,723

Enough said.
3 posted on 07/31/2007 6:22:38 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: az4vlad

bttt


4 posted on 07/31/2007 6:24:40 AM PDT by Chuck54
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To: az4vlad

Now for the interesting findings. There were some big disappointments. The Republican National Committee barely made the list at 405,641.


Do you suppose that will tell them something?


5 posted on 07/31/2007 6:25:50 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: az4vlad

Free Republic may be #8 on this list, but it’s #1 to the RQSR.


6 posted on 07/31/2007 6:26:26 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: PeterPrinciple

If the 2006 elections didn’t...


7 posted on 07/31/2007 6:26:42 AM PDT by Dan Nunn
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To: Jim Robinson

Way to go! Wa-hoo! (Check’s in the morning mail.) :)


8 posted on 07/31/2007 6:28:32 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: PeterPrinciple; Dan Nunn
97. Republican National Committee – 405,641

98. Scrappleface – 433,108


hehehe. Get Martinez out.
9 posted on 07/31/2007 6:29:35 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: az4vlad

thanqu

vehy much!


10 posted on 07/31/2007 6:30:41 AM PDT by ken21
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To: az4vlad
97. Republican National Committee – 405,641

Political - yes. But conservative?

11 posted on 07/31/2007 6:30:48 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: az4vlad

12 posted on 07/31/2007 6:31:14 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: az4vlad

You mean there are other conservative web sites other than FR??


13 posted on 07/31/2007 6:32:11 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: az4vlad

Wow Ann didn’t even make the top 30. Very surprising. Michelle Malkin did a good bit better than she did.


14 posted on 07/31/2007 6:32:17 AM PDT by stm
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To: az4vlad

bump


15 posted on 07/31/2007 6:32:55 AM PDT by Christian4Bush ("Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Hold a hearing on that.)
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To: Vision

bill’s hated by both sides of the aisle.

actually, i like listening to him.


16 posted on 07/31/2007 6:33:45 AM PDT by ken21
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To: az4vlad

Fox News is not conservative. I hate their website and their TV channel.


17 posted on 07/31/2007 6:34:45 AM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: az4vlad

Cool list. What about Bill Quick’s dailypundit.com? Alexa shows it at 293,280. He’s definitely in the conservative-libertarian wing of the blawgosphear.


18 posted on 07/31/2007 6:39:43 AM PDT by billybudd
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To: ken21
I enjoy him from time to time but occasionally he can be arrogantly wrong...like on the swiftboats and how FR is a “hate site.”

But don’t miss that hard hitting culture quiz or Anna Smith coverage.

19 posted on 07/31/2007 6:39:45 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: az4vlad

Way to go, FR!


20 posted on 07/31/2007 6:40:44 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (@$*&#!!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Which of these sites is more has more so-called “moderates”?


21 posted on 07/31/2007 6:41:26 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan (An American in Miami)
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To: Vision

agree.

bill’s too rigid sometimes.

being in public view and under attack daily would be difficult i think.

rush is more removed and doesn’t take things personally.


22 posted on 07/31/2007 6:43:15 AM PDT by ken21
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To: az4vlad

I don’t see WA? Oh the humanity!


23 posted on 07/31/2007 6:43:34 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (eHarmony reject)
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To: ken21

He sometimes has stories that no one else covers or dares to cover. I especially appreciate Bill O’Reilly’s coverage of corrupt judges who give a pass to violent pedophiles.


24 posted on 07/31/2007 6:43:59 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: az4vlad

If Drudge is 951, and Fox News is 599, why is Drudge #1?


25 posted on 07/31/2007 6:45:08 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Ping for later, thanks for this!


26 posted on 07/31/2007 6:45:12 AM PDT by PinkDolphin (Life may not always be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance ..)
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To: ken21

Rush is a stunningly brilliant mind.

O’Reilly is a good guy, a little bit blowhard, who loves attention.


27 posted on 07/31/2007 6:46:20 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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To: Dante3

yep.

and bill’s down on rap music

and he’s in the face of child abusers and

democrap public officials that defend them.

i applaud him for this.


28 posted on 07/31/2007 6:46:48 AM PDT by ken21
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To: Vision

i listen to rush a lot and like him.

he has a disciplined approach to politics

that he said once he was taught by his father, a lawyer and pilot.


29 posted on 07/31/2007 6:50:09 AM PDT by ken21 (er)
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To: az4vlad

Thanks for the post!


30 posted on 07/31/2007 6:55:59 AM PDT by F-117A (Mr. Bush, have someone read UN Resolution 1244 to you!!!)
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To: az4vlad
Okay, I have to bookmark this thread.
Places to go when I'm bored!
31 posted on 07/31/2007 6:56:31 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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To: az4vlad
FreeRepublic is nearly 5 times as popular as Bill O’Reilly!
32 posted on 07/31/2007 6:56:50 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super Walmart for news .)
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To: az4vlad

Golly, where’s liberty post?

(chuckle)


33 posted on 07/31/2007 6:57:30 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Recovering_Democrat

That’s a world ranking.


34 posted on 07/31/2007 7:00:06 AM PDT by Bob J (Rightalk.com...a conservative alternative to NPR! Check out nat synd "Rightalk with Terri and Lynn")
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To: Vision
8. Free Republic – 7,114

38. Bill O’Reilly – 83,723

Enough said.


LOL...I said last night that BOR was jealous/threatened by the internet.
35 posted on 07/31/2007 7:00:33 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Okay, I have to bookmark this thread.

Oh, man! I just checked out my bookmarks. Apparently, I was on a roll back in 2000 with the bookmarking. There are threads there that I'd totally forgotten about, and most really aren't relevant anymore.

Time to review and start pruning!

36 posted on 07/31/2007 7:05:51 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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To: whatisthetruth

ping. Check out #37 and #38 on this list. I no see that Levin guy.


37 posted on 07/31/2007 7:09:34 AM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right.)
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To: az4vlad

Bump for FreeRepublic #8. Woo Hoo


38 posted on 07/31/2007 7:12:24 AM PDT by colorcountry (To pursue union at the expense of truth is treason to the Lord Jesus. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon -)
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To: az4vlad
I found this section interesting since it's us and some others we know well.

#8 Free Republic – 7,114
# Town Hall – 7,915
# U.S. News and World Report - 8,694
# National Review Online – 10,502
# Politico – 11,359
# Lew Rockwell – 13,174
# Washington Times – 13,621
# Rush Limbaugh – 14,117
# Real Clear Politics – 17,027
# The Post Chronicle – 19,203
# Reason Online – 19,942
# Little Green Footballs – 21,079
# Michelle Malkin – 23,570
# Instapundit – 25,661
# Ludwig von Mises Institute – 28,169
# Human Events – 28,937
# Weekly Standard – 43,327
# Powerlineblog – 41,288
# Heritage Foundation – 48,044
# FrontPageMag – 48,461
# Red State – 49,599

WND's #5 shows a lot more strength than most FReepers give them credit for. And LewRockwell.com surprised me with its ranking.

I don't grasp how Politico is allowed in this list. They're not a conservative site. Neither is U.S. News and World Report. The WSJ isn't very conservative either.
39 posted on 07/31/2007 7:24:50 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: dynachrome
I no see that Levin guy.

First you build up your radio audience, then you start to build a pay forum for your diehard fans.

Rush's and Sean's websites are really fanboy sites. Rush's is especially good, not only with the podcasts but showing so much extra material he uses to pull his show together.

Mark's startling growth in radio audience is remarkable. His web presence is still centered around National Review. I think he's playing it just about right.
40 posted on 07/31/2007 7:29:25 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: az4vlad
53. Christopher Hitchens

Huh?
41 posted on 07/31/2007 7:33:18 AM PDT by frossca
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To: Vision

And Savage at 82,673 right with him.


42 posted on 07/31/2007 7:33:38 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: az4vlad

Judicial Watch? Oh please...


43 posted on 07/31/2007 7:33:54 AM PDT by ProfoundMan (Money is the mother's milk of politics but righteous indignation is the drug of choice.)
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To: George W. Bush

“Mark’s startling growth in radio audience”
I was curious because I know his audience is growing. I hadn’t thought of the difference between pay and free website hits, but I would think the pay areas are much smaller overall.


44 posted on 07/31/2007 7:35:14 AM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right.)
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To: dynachrome
To get Rush's podcasts, you have to subscribe. Not cheap either.

You can stream Mark's from his website or download MP3's of his broadcast around 9pm EST daily.

Mark's numbers might be depressed because so many of us are subscribed to his podcast via iTunes so we can load it on our portable MP3 players or listen to it at our computers.

Mark's website will grow. But he's giving us for free what we have to pay to get from Rush and we can get it from Apple as well as Mark's own site.
45 posted on 07/31/2007 7:39:31 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: az4vlad

That list sucks. Seriously.

Drudge? That’s not a conservative site. Matt simply links you to other stories, mostly at liberal news outlets.

O’Reilly’s comments and Rupert Murdoch’s refusal to criticize China should have put an end to the “Fox is right wing” thing long ago.

WSJ? Their editorial page is (except for immigration, where they’re hard left). The rest of that paper is as leftist as the New York Times. Their reporters staged a political protest when Rupert Murdoch made his bid.

US News is centrist, not conservative.

Lew Rockwell? Lew fscking Rockwell????? He’s a Bush hating nutbag libertarian, and has been from early on.

And on the subject of Libertarians.....Libs are NOT conservatives. The Mises Institute, while it does some good work in some areas, has no business being on a conservative list. Conservatism includes social conservatism, and Libertarianism does not. There’s no such thing as a “libertarian conservative”. That’s as absurd as “liberal conservative” or “marxist conservative”. No such beast exists.


46 posted on 07/31/2007 7:45:35 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: az4vlad

That list sucks. Seriously.

Drudge? That’s not a conservative site. Matt simply links you to other stories, mostly at liberal news outlets.

O’Reilly’s comments and Rupert Murdoch’s refusal to criticize China should have put an end to the “Fox is right wing” thing long ago.

WSJ? Their editorial page is (except for immigration, where they’re hard left). The rest of that paper is as leftist as the New York Times. Their reporters staged a political protest when Rupert Murdoch made his bid.

US News is centrist, not conservative.

Lew Rockwell? Lew fscking Rockwell????? He’s a Bush hating nutbag libertarian, and has been from early on.

And on the subject of Libertarians.....Libs are NOT conservatives. The Mises Institute, while it does some good work in some areas, has no business being on a conservative list. Conservatism includes social conservatism, and Libertarianism does not. There’s no such thing as a “libertarian conservative”. That’s as absurd as “liberal conservative” or “marxist conservative”. No such beast exists.


47 posted on 07/31/2007 7:45:46 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: George W. Bush

I find Rush’s subscription rate to be very reasonable. $65 a year, is it?


48 posted on 07/31/2007 7:46:08 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: az4vlad

What exactly does the number next to the site mean?


49 posted on 07/31/2007 7:49:14 AM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: DesScorp

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All of the above

Apparently, JimRob doesn't agree. Republican libertarians are a vital part of our party. They have been ever since the Fifties when William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater created the conservative movement, both known for their libertarian positions.
50 posted on 07/31/2007 7:56:50 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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