Those in attendance early on in the evening included Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who tied for No. 18 on the list with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA).
Of course any such list invites discussion as to the merits of the selections. For instance, is the list now out of date because Karl Rove resigned? Or, like Obi-Wan Kenobi after being struck down by Darth Vader, has he only gained in power?