Rich Galen

Completing the Record:

  • On Friday, I made a big deal about Senator Clinton's use of the word, "plantation" to score political points (Hillary Rodham Jemima Clinton). It has since been pointed out to me that this is not the first time in modern times a politician has used such ante-bellum imagery.

  • It turns out that one Newt Gingrich used the same language in the Washington Post of October 20, 1994 (a couple of weeks ahead of the Republican tsunami in the US House in the mid-term election of that year).

  • Newt was still House Republican Whip and, talking to a reporter about how differently House Democrats looked at him as opposed to how they viewed House Republican Leader, Bob Michel, said:
    "I'm much more intense, much more persistent, much more willing to take risks to get it done. Since they think it is their job to run the plantation, it shocks them that I'm actually willing to lead the slave rebellion."

  • Hillary Rodham Aunt Jemima Clinton? Meet Newton Leroy Uncle Ben Gingrich.

  • On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the S.A.D. association website, a brief discussion of "Miss Dove," a very interesting history of Uncle Ben's, a terrifying glimpse at the Ford Edsel, a terrific Mullfoto, and another green eggs & ham Catchy Caption of the Day. y Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at