Everyone knows that policies are nothing without a strong public champion. Here are the figures we've watched shape the political landscape of the aughts:
Nancy Pelosi: The San Francisco liberal who took control of the House.
Al Gore: His post-Clinton reinvention.
Markos Moulitsas: The founder of DailyKos says serving in the Army made him a liberal.
Economists: James Galbraith takes a scathing look at the profession. Back in 2002.
George W. Bush: Our most dangerous president.
Robert Rubin: We picked a fight with him before it was fashionable.
Michael Barone: The curious politics of the man behind the Almanac of American Politics.
Ted Kennedy: The liberal champion of the poor and underprivileged.
Janet Napolitano: The head of Homeland Security created a workable, left-right coalition as governor of Arizona.