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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher." Rich has been press secretary to Dan Quayle, when the former Vice President was a Congressman and a U.S. Senator; and to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was House Republican Whip and, in 1996 became the communications director of the political office of Speaker Gingrich.

Articles By Rich Galen

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MULLINGS/The VP Debate
Oct 14,2012

The other day Obama did a taped interview for the Tom Joyner radio show. In it he said he had been "too polite" toward Romney in their debate but we were not likely to see that next time. It seems like every cab in which I've ever ridden in Washington, DC had Diane Rehm on the radio. Since 1977 I've been working

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MULLINGS/Romney Won. Big.
Oct 05,2012

As we get down to the final month of a campaign that feels as if its been going on since 1873, we are just hours away from the first of four debates - three between the Presidential candidates and one between the Veeps. Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been off the campaign trail for days cramming for this debate.

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MULLINGS/Debate Prep
Oct 02,2012

The first B*I*G* D*E*B*A*T*E takes place in Denver on Wednesday night. A political debate has as much to do with a classical debate as a Formula One race has to do with a Monster Truck show. A classic debate has two teams (or two people) debating an agreed-upon topic for an agreed-upon amount of time. A political debate is a verbal prize-fight with the referee


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MULLINGS/Romney Met the Test
Aug 31,2012

In case you were wondering, Fox News Channel won the ratings war for the 10-11 pm slot Wednesday night when Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez and Paul Ryan delivered their speeches. Fox, according to Deadline.com, pulled a high of 8.2 million viewers during the hour which not only led the other cable news networks

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MULLINGS/Paul Ryan's Big Night
Aug 30,2012

Fifteen thousand reporters are here all watching the same thing, writing about the same thing, and Tweeting the same thing. Walking through the huge Tampa Convention Center (where THE Convention is not being held; that is in a nearby building called the Tampa Times Forum) which houses most of those reporters you could see

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MULLINGS/My Akin Back
Aug 22,2012

It's time for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to get their arms around the Republican Members of the House and give - at least some of them - a Leroy Jethro Gibbs slap to the back of the head. Yesterday was a day that should have featured the Obamas answering questions about the charges of crankiness


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MULLINGS/Lieutenant Dan
Aug 15,2012

I have been writing Mullings since March, 1998. During those 12+ years I have come to you only on rare occasions. I am coming to you again with a very special request. You know all about Marietta, Ohio 45750. I have kidded and chided (mostly myself) about my checkered college career and even more checkered political career there.

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MULLINGS/Four Words After the Storm
Jul 02,2012

Over the past four days, the high temperatures in Northern Virginia have been 96, 104, 97, and 99 for a total of 396 degrees which, I know, is not terribly instructive. But, the average of 99 is. For those of you who do not live along a 600 mile line from Indiana to Maryland might not have been aware of a storm known



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