75. STAN GREENBERG
As political strategist and pollster for Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, he played a key role in the election of the last Democratic president. Has also advised Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela, Gerhard Schroeder and Ehud Barack. Holds a PhD from Harvard and spent a decade teaching at Yale.
Currently advising Senator Chris Dodd, a rank outsider. Once Dodd drops out, expect Greenberg to return to the Clinton fold. Biggest compliment came from Republican rival Frank Luntz: “Stan Greenberg scares the hell out of me. He doesn't just have a finger on the people's pulse; he's got an IV injected into it. He's the best."
76. JOE SESTAK
Retired naval vice-admiral who last year became the most senior former military officer to be elected to Congress. Defeated veteran Republican Curt Weldon in a Pennsylvania seat few believed a novice Democrat could win. Strong anti-war stance and naval background make him a potential Pentagon chief or deputy chief in a Democratic administration.
A hard task master, he does not suffer fools readily – traits that won him promotion through the ranks in the US Navy but might make life difficult for him and others on Capitol Hill.
77. BARBRA STREISAND
Actress and singer
A veteran Hollywood advocate for liberal causes, expect her to be a frequent guest in a Democratic White House. A major Democratic contributor and fundraiser, she has railed against gun rights, global warming and the Iraq war. Performed at Lyndon Johnson’s inauguration is 1965 as well as Bill Clinton’s 28 years later.
Is so dedicated to seeing a Democratic president elected in 2008 she has contributed cash to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.
Actually, he rose up the ranks and then retired down one due to his "traits." Just to be accurate.
Hat tip MTH.