Rich Galen

  • Polman noted the change in McCain's attitudes toward tax cuts (he opposed them, but is now for them) and Rev. Jerry Falwell (McCain once called him an "agent of intolerance" but will be speaking at the Liberty College graduation next month). Polman wrote:
    "In the view of many skeptics, the erstwhile straight-talking maverick is now riding the Spin Talk Express."

  • Mullpal (and Republican National Committeeman) David Norcross pointed out that articles like Polman's might be a Team-McCain move to convince the GOP base that he is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Popular Press:
    "Repositioning is a deliberate strategy, and the media getting ticked off is a free benefit. It may be a calculated win-win."

  • Polman got off one of the better lines of the weekend when he wrote: "So, is this the real McCain?"

  • One of the ways to tell whether the Popular Press truly believes either the US House or Senate is up for grabs in November is by watching the way they cover the mid-term elections. The reason they are writing about McCain and Newt and Hillary as Presidential contenders, is because they have not yet convinced themselves that the Democrats have a real shot at either one.

  • That could change, if the Democrats get their act together and begin convincing American voters that they actually have a plan; but if the new government in Iraq begins to function it could all go the other way and the GOP could actually increase their majorities.

  • That would be an example of Newton's (Issac, not Gingrich) Third Law: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."

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  • As of Sunday night, our efforts to help the Marines of Companies A, E, G, and H, Marine Security Guard Battalion reach their goal of raising $30,000 for the Semper Fi Injured Marine Fund is within $4,500 of the goal.

  • If you haven't yet, please go to the Secret Decoder Ring page and read what these great young men are attempting to do.

  • On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: That link to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund plus: Links to the AJC and Philadelphia Inquirer pieces, and a link to NASA's explanation of Newton's Laws. There is a Mullfoto from Austin, Texas and a Catchy 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