Rich Galen

* Take immigration. No matter how much the RNC leadership may have hated the immigration reform package in 2007, they had to put a collective sock in it and pretend they were gloriously happy to support the White House's (and, as we are now permitted to recall, Sen. John McCain's) efforts to pass a plan which did not actually contain the word "amnesty" but neither did it actually promise to stop the flood of illegals into America.

* If the Obama-Pelosi-Reid team wants to revive something like immigration reform to pay off the Hispanic vote, the Chairman of the RNC will be not only permitted, but expected to treat such a bill like a six-year-old treats the baseball on a tee in a Little League game - close his eyes and swing as hard as he can.

* There will be, and there should be, some serious introspection by the Republican Party. What they should not do is to allow the same press corps who has been documented as being wildly partisan in favor of Obama to participate in the process.

* We have already seen Big Republican Names holding not-so-secret meetings and leaking to the press the names of the people who were there (thereby attempting to diminish the standing of those who were not) and whatever form of a Republican Manifesto the self-chosen are working on (thereby setting the rules for what will determing who is a "real Republican" and who is not.)

* At some point someone will emerge as the New Face of the Republican Party. It might be a face with which is very familiar, but as the election of President-elect Obama shows, that is probably not the way to bet.

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