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.
When I first came to Our Nation's Capital in 1977, Democrats held a 292-143 edge in the U.S. House - an astonishing 149 seat majority.
Can we take a day off from Ukraine and CPAC and missing airliners to celebrate something very special? It's the need for most of us to want to learn new things; and for being blessed by having a few people who know about those things and, more important, know how to explain them to the rest of us.
In addition to Vladimir Putin's strutting and fretting his hour upon the world stage, the big news out of the U.S. Senate yesterday was that seven Democrats voted with all 44 Republicans on a test vote on the confirmation of a guy named Debo Adegbile to be the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
A couple of weeks ago I made the point that Democrats had been on a mission to remove the word "Obamacare" from the American lexicon.
I have been to Ukraine twice in the past four years - in January 2010 and in October 2012. None of what has gone on there over the past few months, is my fault.
Over the past three weeks the Congressional Budget Office (better known as the CBO) has made a great deal of news.
I want to like the Winter Olympics. I want to be excited about the athletes. I want to not know who won what until I can watch the events on tape delay.
Earlier this week Speaker John Boehner avoided a showdown on the debt limit through the simple maneuver of getting 193 Democrats to join 28 Republicans to pass the legislation taking the debt limit off the table until March of next year.
The Gallup organization polls every day asking respondents a number of questions including how they think the President - in this case Barack Obama - is doing.
The best political snowball fight of the winter season broke out this week when the Congressional Budget Office (generally identified as the NONPARTISAN Congressional Budget Office) released numbers that infer Obamacare will cost jobs and, thus, slow economic growth.
I didn't have a favorite in last night's Super Bowl, so I was neither crushed nor exhilarated by the thumping of the Denver Broncos by the Seattle Seahawks. And I want extra credit for watching the whole thing.
A few days before the BIG GAME, you can't swing a dead Palm Pilot without running into someone or something tied to Super Bowl XLVIII which, for those who might have cut the high school class that taught us Roman Numerals, translates to 48.
Let me start from what I didn't think he needed to do. President Obama did not have to appear to be reaching out to Congressional Republicans nor, for that matter, Congressional Democrats.
The Darling-of-the-Left du jour (how many French words can I pile up at the top of this column?) is a Democratic State Senator from Texas named Wendy Davis.
You may have seen, read or heard that Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted on Tuesday by a Federal grand jury in Richmond, Virginia. For a couple of months over the summer, I was the spokesman for the Governor's private legal team.
I am crumbling beneath the heavy gravity of our national cynicism. I am being washed away by the flood of ill will between and among Americans. I am blinded by the whirling police light on Drudge and by the "Breaking News" scroll at the bottom of my TV screen.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SCCI) has released it's long-awaited report on what did (and did not) happen in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and what the Obama Administration said (and didn't say) about it.
The feeding frenzy over bridgegate continued more-or-less unabated notwithstanding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's filibuster-length presser on Thursday.
The national press corps is quivering with excitement over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's problems with a traffic problem.
Add this to your Outlook right now: Election day is November 4, 2014 - the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 302 days from today.