Rich Galen

  • There are any number of Americans who are as qualified to be a Member of Congress as Heather Wilson, but I doubt there is anyone better qualified.

  • Congresswoman Wilson represents the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico as she has since she won a special election in 1998. But that's not the part that is so impressive.

  • I came out here to do an event supporting Rep. Wilson Just as I have done in North Carolina for Rep. Virginia Foxx and in Connecticut last weekend for Rep. Chris Shays. (If you are involved in a Congressional campaign which you think might benefit from a visit, e-mail me today!)

  • They, and many others, are as qualified as Heather Wilson; but not better qualified.

  • New Mexico is neither the bluest of blue states, nor the reddest of the red. President Bush lost it in 2000 and won in 2004 but by a whisker both times.

  • Democrats believe the 1st District should be theirs by divine right, and have forced Wilson to run a flat-out campaign at each election. This year the Democrats have mounted a furious, hate-filled campaign to try and wrest the seat away from her.

  • Wilson, grew up in difficult family circumstances in a small town in New Hampshire. Not knowing she didn't have a prayer of success, she applied for an appointment to the Air Force Academy. She was accepted and became one of its first female graduates.

  • She applied for, and was accepted to be, a Rhodes Scholar. She went off to Oxford University and earned a Masters degree. Then she hung around and earned her Doctorate in International Relations.

  • Still an active duty member of the US military (unlike another well-known Rhodes Scholar) she was assigned to NATO where she worked on arms reductions negotiations with the Soviet Union.

  • Remember when Ronald Reagan used to say the Soviet Union could never endure because it was antithetical to the human condition; and how the intelligentsia in Manhattan laughed into their Manhattans about how naïve Reagan was; and how we needed to, if not actually accept and embrace Communists and Communism, learn to cooperate with them and it because they and it were going to be around for a long, long time? Remember that?

    Does any of this sound familiar in the current context of George W. Bush's position on radical Islam and the war on terror?

  • 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