Rich Galen

The Dems were so successful demonizing Newt that he became like the Golden Arches. You drive past a sign with a big golden "M" on a red background, you immediately know everything you need to know about that restaurant. Need proof? I don't even have to name it for you to know exactly which one I'm talking about.

All Democrats had to say was "Newt" and well over 50 percent of Americans knew exactly what that represented.

John Boehner, for better or for worse, is no Newt Gingrich. Other than people who watch Cable News and read MULLINGS, my guess is Boehner's national name ID is, at best, in the low double-digits.

That means Boehner is not a high-profile enough target to move voters either away from GOP candidates if they were going to vote, or to the polls in the first place.

In spite of his best efforts and thudding innuendo, Lipton alleges no contravention of current House ethics rules, much less any illegality.

Finally, as an example of why the Democrats and its allies are so despairing of the election outcome, On the NY Times' web page right next to the article about Boehner was an election analysis with the headline: "GOP Has 2-in-3 Chance of Taking House, Model Shows."

On the morning of November 3, the day after the mid-term elections, Nancy Pelosi and her allies are going find themselves squishing around their fancy offices in wet socks.

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