Rich Galen

Posted February 08, 2016

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.

Posted February 04, 2016

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.

Posted February 02, 2016

Ted Cruz came in first and won. Donald Trump came in second and lost. Marco Rubio came in third but won.

Posted January 28, 2016

As I write this on Thursday morning, neither Donald Trump nor I will be watching the Republican debate tonight on Fox.

Posted January 25, 2016

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.

Posted January 21, 2016

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.

Posted January 18, 2016

Why is Iowa important? Because it is.

Posted January 15, 2016

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.

Posted January 13, 2016

State of the Union Addresses belong solely to Presidents of the United States.

Posted January 11, 2016

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.

Posted January 07, 2016

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.

Posted January 04, 2016

Welcome to the first workday of 2016 and maybe the first day of World War III.

Posted December 28, 2015

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.

Posted December 24, 2015

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.

Posted December 14, 2015

I am sitting in my den on Sunday afternoon in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia where the temps hit a high of 71 earlier today.

Posted December 10, 2015

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.

Posted December 07, 2015

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.

Posted December 03, 2015

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.

Posted November 26, 2015

This Thanksgiving MULLINGS was first published in 2002.

Posted November 19, 2015

The other day I wrote a column in which I suggested "The easiest and safest approach [to dealing with terrorists hiding as refugees] is to close the border, TFN - 'til further notice."