Rich Galen

Here's the transcript of Helen Thomas' truly frightening position: Q: Any comments on Israel?

Helen Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. [She laughs] Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land and it's not Germany and it's not Poland.

Q: So, where should they go?

HT: They should go home.

Q: Where's home?

HT: Poland. Germany. And America and everywhere else.

Ok, let me stipulate that I am not an expert on Helen Thomas. Nevertheless, I am quite confident in stating that she is not of Native American heritage.

Inasmuch as she was born in Kentucky in 1920, we must assume that she has, over the last 90 years, bought into the theory that if you have taken over a country for enough time, you sort of own it.

But, under the Helen Thomas Theory of Primacy, all 310,000,000 people who falsely claim to be "Americans" should immediately leave what we now call the United States and return to the country or region of the world from whence our ancestors came.

Helen Thomas is a joke. The fact that she is a left-wing joke protects her from her White House briefing room colleagues. If she were a RIGHT-wing joke, there would have been demands that the Hearst Corporation immediately fire her for what amounts to hate speech, if not astonishing stupidity.

Either she is too old to know what she's saying, or she knows what she's saying. Either way, her chair in the White House briefing room should be declared vacant.

By the way, that Gershwin award? Named for George and Ira Gershwin who wrote, among other things "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Porgy & Bess."

They were Jews. Their parents emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia in the early 1890s to escape the pogroms.

Shoulda gone home, I guess.

Paul McCartney would have accepted his award in the Kremlin.

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