Rich Galen

  • Just when you think there's no one out there to help the Conservative cause, along comes a "six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch" of goofball like Harry Bellow-fonte, a man whose words are so vile he makes Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean sound reasonable.

  • If you've been absent from class let's review:
    Several years ago, apparently having "worked all night on a drink of rum," Belafonte called then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, and by extension then-National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, "house slaves" for George W. Bush. (To which Dr. Rice responded, "I don't need Harry Belafonte to tell me what it means to be black."

    Earlier this month, Mr. Tallyman got on a banana boat to Venezuela where he appeared with Fidel Castro's new best friend President Hugo Chávez and called President Bush, the "greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world."

    Belafonte returned to earth, however briefly, to announce that "We've come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here," apparently believing that the Department of Homeland Security runs the prison at Gitmo, and owns the National Security Agency.

  • A few days ago, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton - this time without her plantation kerchief and apron - ended up at the same fundraiser for a children's charity as Belafonte.

  • Mrs. Hillary didn't get to be Senator Hillary by being stupid, so, she stayed physically far enough away from him as to make it impossible for any photograph to show them together.

  • Remember when Pat Robertson bumped his head and said, aloud, that maybe the US should assassinate el-Presidente Chavez and people like Jesse Jackson were demanding - DEMANDING - that President Bush personally disassociate himself from Robertson's remark?

  • Where are the demands that any of the Kennedys or either of the Clintons or Chuck Schumer (thank goodness there's only one Chuck Schumer) speak up and say that Belafonte is off his rocker.

  • As far as I'm concerned I hope they continue their unashamed silence. It allows Conservatives to argue - correctly - that by remaining still, the Left must approve of Belafonte.

  • 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