Rich Galen

Galen: So are the Clinton and Obama senior staffs. You saw that piece this morning in the Washington Post by Baker and Kornblut about how raw the nerves are in Clinton's campaign?

Reporter: Yeah. Wow.

Galen: Wow, indeed. They are staring down the barrel of at least six more weeks and probably five more MONTHS of that constant pressure. McCain's folks can throttle back and concentrate on designing, staffing and then implementing the Fall campaign.

Reporter: I hadn't thought of that.

Galen: That's why you called me.

It has become an article of faith that pressure from the Clinton campaign (aided and abetted by Saturday Night Live) got the press corps to ask questions of Obama and about Obama in the days leading up to the Ohio/Texas primaries.

Clinton's comms director, Howard Wolfson (one of the best in the business) is credited with directing the "How come you're not asking Obama the tough questions?" campaign.

Wolfson, to prove my point about how this is not going to be a kinder-gentler campaign, was quoted at Politico.com (and elsewhere) yesterday comparing Obama to … Ken Starr!

"When Sen. Obama was confronted with questions over whether he was ready to be commander in chief and steward of the economy, he chose not to address those questions, but to attack Sen. Clinton," Wolfson said. "I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president."

Note to RNC researchers: Nix on the Ken Starr attacks.


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 Mullings.com.