100. The voters (NR)
Remember them? If you’re a politician, you’d better. The silent majority just showed they are tired of being taken for granted. And instead of talking to them, you’d better listen to what they have to say. There’s never been a time when the power of a single vote, and get-out-the-vote moments, have been so important. The message, we must admit, goes as much to the media and the pollsters as the politicians. Figuring certain communities will vote a certain way, or even vote at all, should never be assumed again. “A lot of people learned a lot of things about voters this past election,” one insider said. “It will be interesting to see how the next election goes.” In Jersey, it comes this year, when voters pick the next governor. And that vote will have more impact on next year’s list than any other person.