Rich Galen

  • Isaac Newton's first law of motion is:
    Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum illum mutare.

  • Or, more colloquially:
    An object at rest or traveling in uniform motion will remain at rest or traveling in uniform motion unless acted upon by a net force.

  • Two political objects, Newton Gingrich (no relation) and John McCain, were the objects of journalistic analysis over the past few days. In one case, Gingrich, he is no longer an object at rest; in the other, McCain, he is no longer traveling in a uniform motion.

  • Changing planes in Atlanta yesterday, I was surprised - shocked, really - to read a column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution by deputy editorial page editor, Jay Bookman about Newt Gingrich titled: "Newt for President? Former Speaker sets the Stage for Possible Run."

  • This piece was the result of a telephone conversation Newt had with the AJC earlier in the week. It gets uglier as it goes along, but the fact that Bookman had any nice words for Gingrich at all is a major departure from the paper's previous view.

  • When Newt became Speaker, the coverage in the Atlanta Journal Constitution was not just harsh; it was wicked and cruel.

  • For Bookman to write:
    "Gingrich isn't exactly running for president these days - you might say he's "lurking for president," waiting to see if events and public opinion break in ways that make a Gingrich candidacy plausible."
    Is as close to a gold star as Gingrich has ever gotten from the AJC.

  • It is a huge development for the AJC to allow Newt to be quoted saying:
    "My approach is to offer a series of solutions to 21st century problems - you can find them at - that offer real change and outline what real change would look like … Then it's up to the country. I don't intend to think seriously about it until September or October of 2007."

  • While that was going on in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dick Polman was casting a skeptical eye on the campaign of Senator John McCain.

  • 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