31. ANDREW SULLIVAN
Though Sullivan, whose Daily Dish blog remains a must-read on The Atlantic Monthly’s site, still identifies as conservative, his views on such social issues as gay marriage seem to suggest a liberal streak. Not one to be boxed in, though, the iconoclastic intellectual writer and pundit has ruffled feathers in the past year with statements regarding Israel and his proposition of NATO troops policing a two-state solution as well as news that he was ticketed for possession of marijuana (he espouses legalization), though the charges were eventually dropped. Most recently, he gave a lecture at Princeton University about the case against liberalism on the question of homosexuality.
[Note: Andrew Sullivan's entry has been slightly altered for the online version ofthe Power 50.]