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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/Sound & Fury
Jul 09,2010

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele keeps making news, which most Republicans wish he would stop doing. The national committees - the RNC and the DNC - have a specific role in a mid-term election year: They are transfer agents. They transfer cash, talent, and research to the state parties and to selected campaigns.

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MULLINGS/A Return to Enlightenment
Jul 01,2010

During his time as Speaker, Newt Gingrich would occasionally slip back into his PhD in history college professor role and explain that successful organizations - Countries or corporations, operate in "their own enlightened self-interest."

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MULLINGS/Trouble Among the Allies
Jun 28,2010

The firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal shone the global spotlight on Afghanistan when most of the world was pretty happy ignoring what has - or has not - been going on there. Here's everything I know about our Afghan strategy: If we could trust the Hamid Karzai government not to let the Taliban turn the place into band camp for terrorists again, we'd be out of there by Labor Day.


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MULLINGS/Testify!
Jun 23,2010

Another circus was presented on Capitol Hill last week when the CEO of BP, Tony Hayward, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about his company's role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. I use the word "testify" advisedly because I don't have a better word to describe it, but if you think that what happened yesterday has anything to do with the dictionary meaning of testify:

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MULLINGS/Where's FEMA?
Jun 22,2010

The actual name of FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security the head of which is Secretary Janet Napolitano. If ever there was a Federal Emergency in need of Management, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill sponsored by BP would be it, and you might think that FEMA would be involved.

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MULLINGS/Rude, Crude and Unacceptable
Jun 16,2010

I have never been a fan of Helen Thomas but I had been a fan of Paul McCartney for four decades. Now, I think they should they should both be taken to the woodshed, or whatever the British equivalent of a woodshed might be. For those who might have missed it, Paul McCartney - who goes by "Sir" Paul


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MULLINGS/The Eye AND the Storm
Jun 16,2010

Last Saturday I ventured from Old Town and the waterfront views of the (comparatively) pristine waters of the Potomac and spent the day in Plaquemines (pronounced PLAHCK-uh-muns) Parish (Louisiana for County) with the Parish President Billy Nungesser. You've seen Billy on TV. Unless you have one of those 72 inch

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Mullings/An Oil-Soaked SLUMP!
Jun 16,2010

Barack Obama is in a slump. There's no other way to explain the stream of bad news flowing out of the Administration like a … BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Let's start with the BP well. After spending a half day in Louisiana a week ago, not much appears to have changed - other than for the worse. The attempt to cap the well failed the day after Obama's



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