Before he starts his list, Cillizza writes,
And, remember, that this Line should not be taken as a proxy for the 2012 presidential field; this is an attempt to rate which figures in the party will have the most control of its direction between now and 2010.
Let’s look at who he lists, with a small synopsis on why from me:
10. Mitch McConnell – Consistently on message
9. Sarah Palin/Mike Huckabee – Two most prominent voices for social Conservatives. Who will emerge as #1 remains to be seen.
8. Bobby Jindal – Remains the star-in-waiting
7. Tim Pawlenty – Attempting to raise his national profile
6. Michael Steele – Extremely rocky start as RNC Chair, but now on the comeback trail
5. Dick Cheney – A major force in the GOP, but a flawed messenger
4. Bob McDonnell – GOP nominee for governor in Virginia w/ sky-high favorability ratings
3. Haley Barbour – A sharp strategist, and an important player in gaining gubernatorial seats
2. Newt Gingrich – Extremely involved in the ideas debate
1. Mitt Romney – Romney is the voice of the GOP right now. Period.
For his full reasoning on why each politician is on the list, click here.