Rich Galen

  • And you wonder why, as of 2:30 AM on Wednesday morning, according to CNN, the Democrats have picked up 26 seats; a number which will most certainly go higher as more votes are counted and more concession speeches are required.
  • Give credit to the Democrats. They succeeded in winning control of the House - and potentially the Senate, but we may not know the answer to that for a month - without a single positive plan.
  • All they had was the best possible slogan: Had enough?
  • Like a significant number of voters, I am angry at what the Republican Leadership has squandered. I am angry that they allowed themselves to get rocked so far back on their heels that even the extremely positive message about the unemployment figures released last Friday - 4.4 percent, the lowest since May 2001 - went totally unnoticed.
  • Republicans will come back next week and a bunch of them will order cardboard boxes to pack up their papers and ship them home to a Federal depository library.
  • Thousands of Republican staff members will go off the payroll at noon on January 3, 2007 when the Congress officially expires. Most have similar skill sets. Most will not find those high-paying jobs in Washington to which so many aspire.
  • Many former staffers who have built their entire careers dealing with their previous bosses will find themselves struggling to convince their clients that they should continue to pay enormous fees for access to power which has evaporated.
  • Now. Let's see how long it takes for Lord Acton's famous cautionary phrase to apply to the new Democratic majority.
  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the CNN election results page and a link to the Lord Acton phrase. A Mullfoto taken a couple of Saturdays ago; 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