Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Candace Owens at a recent conservative event.
It used to be that our favorite conservatives were people like William F. Buckley and George Will -- conservative commentators who could best be described as erudite but, in the end, relatively harmless. Conservatism was buttoned-up, dull and largely contained within the atmosphere of a debating society.
But things have changed.
In the era of social media, Trumpmania and the 24-hour news cycle, conservatism has come alive both in form and substance. Today, conservatism has a decidedly populist tone and conservatism's spokespersons are feistier, more colloquial and more willing to take the offensive in the ongoing battle of ideals and ideas. In short, the whole conservative movement is more accessible and more meaningful to people in their everyday lives.
And much of this is due to modern conservatism's bright, new army of quick-witted warriors. They're younger, they're tougher and nobody can pigeonhole them. In fact, we like them so much that it's hard to pick our top ten. But, what the hell, let's give it a try.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
1) Guy Benson
At 34, Benson (who grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey) doesn't appear to be a day over 25. He is a contributor at Fox News, political editor of Townhall.com, and a talk radio host who quite matter-of-factly came out as gay in 2015. Don't let his boyish demeanor fool you. This former White House intern is a first rate intellectual grappler.
2) Sara Carter
An indefatigable investigative reporter, and frequent Fox News contributor, Carter's dogged look into the infamous Steele dossier and the antics of Comey & Co. blew the lid off the Mueller investigation and related witch-hunts. Carter, who speaks Spanish fluently, is the daughter of a Cuban immigrant mother and her father was a Marine and veteran of two wars. Her star is on the rise!
5) Diamond & Silk
Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, popularly known as Diamond and Silk, are live-stream video bloggers, social media personalities, political activists and now Fox Nation hosts. While they are known for their commentary in support of President Trump, don't doubt their conservative credentials. They epitomize the broad, everyday, welcoming nature of today's conservative movement.
6) Trey Gowdy
We love this former congressman's capacity for outrage. We hove his disarming southern accent. We love his studied demeanor; the probing questions he asks; his incisive analysis and the fact that he's so quick on the uptake. We can't understand exactly why he left Congress but we're sure as hell glad he's still around to take on the endless array of liberal hypocrites.
7) Laura Ingraham
She's the host of Fox News Channel's hugely popular Ingraham Angle where she shares a fresh perspective on culture and politics. She's also the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of the news website, LifeZette.com, a cultural and political web destination for conservatives and independents. Her daily take on on events in Washington and elsewhere is a must for serious conservatives.
An exceptionally articulate commentator and activist, she's also the Communications Director for Turning Point USA. Like more than a few new conservatives, she is a former liberal. Owens is known for her criticism of Black Lives Matter. She has described Black Lives Matter protesters as "a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention". Owens has argued that African- Americans have a "victim mentality" and often refers to the Democratic Party as a "plantation".
10) Tim Scott
Raised by a single mom, he grew up in working class poverty with his mother working 16-hour days to support her family. Now a US Senator from South Carolina, he's the first African-American to ever serve in both houses of Congress. While he doesn't agree with President Trump on everything he is a reliable conservative and is there when it really matters. Quick history lesson: Scott also became the first African-American Republican elected to Congress from South Carolina in 114 years. From 1895 to after 1965, most African-Americans had been disenfranchised in the state, and they had comprised most of the Republican Party when they were excluded from the political system by Democrats after reconstruction.