Rich Galen

Proud Papa Alert:

This will help explain what the Mullings Director of Standards & Practices and I were doing sitting in the fifth row of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium watching the inauguration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this past Friday:

From Sunday's WashPost:

"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's reelection was one of the few bright spots for the GOP in November, so it's not surprising that Republican presidential aspirants are raiding his team.

"Sen. John McCain of Arizona has turned his presidential exploratory committee into Arnold East, hiring not only campaign manager Steve Schmidt as a senior adviser but also Schmidt's deputy, Reed Galen, to serve as a deputy campaign manager "

* So, that's The Lad's name and that's what he's going to be doing.

* We have discussed before the matter of Schwarzenegger getting over 90% of Republican votes in the election in November despite the fact that Arnold is no Conservative. But it turns out he's not a Liberal, either.

* In his inaugural address Schwarzenegger said this:

"I believe we have the opportunity to move past partisanship ... to move past bipartisanship ... to post-partisanship.

Post-partisanship is not simply Republicans and Democrats each bringing their proposals to the table and working out differences. Post-partisanship is Republicans and Democrats actively giving birth to new ideas together."

* Schwarzenegger might be onto something. I don't mean that post-partisanship stuff. That reads well and he delivered it wonderfully, but in the absence of two (or more) political parties - partisans to their core - you have one political party controlling everything or, worse yet, the cult of an individual controlling everyone.

* But in another part of his speech he said:

"We don't need Republican roads or Democratic roads. We need roads. We don't need Republican health care or Democratic health care. We need health care. We don't need Republican clean air or Democratic clean air. We all breathe the same air."

* Which is true.

* Maybe what the America political system needs is not the dissolution of the two-party system, but a Geneva Convention of Political Engagement to which both parties agree to abide.

* The leaders of both parties should sit down and agree that there are some issues which are outside the bounds of partisan sniping and there will be swift punishment for anyone who violates that principal.

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