Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher." Rich Galen's career includes work in and out of politics, in and out of the United States. Rich Galen did a tour of duty in Iraq where he went at the request of the White House. The assignment - which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, Rich Galen was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America.
Rich Galen 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. Rich Galen also has extensive non-US experience. At the time of the dissolution of the Communist governments in Eastern Europe, Rich Galen was one of a select number of Americans sent over to help build a democratic political infrastructure. He spent a significant amount of time in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and what was then Czechoslovakia.
Rich Galen is a senior advisor to the world-wide public relations firm, Manning, Selvage & Lee in Washington, DC. Mr. Galen has been married for over 30 years. He and his wife, Susan, live in Virginia. They have one son, Reed, who is 29 years old.
So. Everyone who tried to make themselves believe that Donald Trump's second place finish in Iowa signaled the beginning of the end of the Trump campaign was wrong.
The debate Saturday night was, I thought, the best of the series. It had to do with what we've talked about before: the candidates are more familiar with their own material, they know what to expect from their opponents, and they know how to pace themselves through at 2+ hour event.
As a cautionary note, let me remind you that my mathematics skills run all the way from suspect to non-existent. With that in mind, let's continue.
Ted Cruz came in first and won. Donald Trump came in second and lost. Marco Rubio came in third but won.
As I write this on Thursday morning, neither Donald Trump nor I will be watching the Republican debate tonight on Fox.
First of all, in case you hadn't heard, it snowed on the East Coast. It snowed a lot. We had about 20 inches of snow at Mullings Central. I don't care if you live in Park City, Utah. 20 inches of snow in a place where there are no chairlifts or gondolas is a lot of snow.
The big news this week wasn't that Bernie Sanders has opened up a 27-point lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. The big news was that Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump. Sarah Palin? Yes. That Sarah Palin.
Why is Iowa important? Because it is.
The toughest debates are the ones early in the cycle. By the time you get to the sixth, as the GOP candidates did last night, it gets a lot easier.
State of the Union Addresses belong solely to Presidents of the United States.
As we spend our Sunday nights glued to the final season of Downton Abbey on PBS, it appears the class system, in 1925, is breaking down far more quickly than those who have been at the top of the food chain can absorb.
All of the posturing. All of the spinning. All of the punditry. All of the knowing glances among the political pros will mean nothing in about 25 days when the good people of Iowa trudge out, certainly in the cold, and maybe through the snow, to their neighborhood caucuses on February 1.
Welcome to the first workday of 2016 and maybe the first day of World War III.
Here's what's terrific about the holiday season this year. Because Christmas Eve fell on Thursday and Christmas on Friday, most people bailed out of their offices at or before noon on Wednesday.
As we close 2015 we still have 160,000 American military personnel plus tens of thousands of American civilians stationed in almost every country of the world. They won't be home for Christmas this week. Let's not forget they are still out there. On post.
I am sitting in my den on Sunday afternoon in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia where the temps hit a high of 71 earlier today.
If you write, talk, watch, listen, appear, speak, or think about politics in the 2016 cycle, you can't go more than 23 seconds without the words "Donald Tump" showing up.
Put aside, for the moment, today's date. Last night, President Barack Obama delivered a speech that was a defensive in nature as President Jimmy Carter's "national malaise" speech on July 15, 1979.
First, it is difficult to do funny political writing while watching cable news' coverage of the horror in San Bernardino last night. I have no insights about the shooting. I can draw no cosmic conclusions. I can offer no solutions.
This Thanksgiving MULLINGS was first published in 2002.