Rich Galen

Jim Gilmore tried way too hard to get himself higher in the story by accusing his opponents of being "liberal" in their claims of conservatism in the California debate. He then got the words "blog," "web site," and "New Hampshire" into his answer, but few people will go to his web site to read his blog whether he is in New Hampshire or in Alexandria, Virginia where he lives.

Tom Tancredo got his share of questions, but pretty much disappeared as he was answering them.

Tommy Thompson tried very hard, and succeeded, in not making the kind of mistake he made in the California debate on the question of firing gays.

Duncan Hunter has no stage presence and, even though he is very knowledgeable about how the Pentagon works, he doesn't have the capacity to connect with the audience.

Sam Brownback is a nice guy. Thanks for playing.

On a the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A Mullfoto of the press tent … and that's it. Oh, 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