Rich Galen

If you step back from the four-box shouting matches on the cable news channels and think about it, this is nothing more nor less than the continuation of what Americans were looking for when they elected Barack Obama in 2008.

They wanted change in Washington and they voted for the guy who said he would bring it to them.

Obama, as it turns out, had no idea how to accomplish what he promised and so has failed miserably in bringing that change, but the desire for change has not abated.

The only difference is, in 2008 the Left had the megaphone. In 2010 it is the Right.

The harsh reality of it is: People like me just don't get it. This isn't about great tactics and clever campaign commercials. It isn't about winning the news cycle and having a good finance report.

This is about electing people who are going to get the Federal government to stop pressing the handle that has been flushing America's wealth, ingenuity, and capacity for hard work down the toilet bowl of history by promising more and more to people who have produced less and less until no one has anything.

Whew! Kind of worked myself into a lather, there.

We'll see what happens in November, but I'm now pretty sure that I've be wrong about this election and all the other geniuses who talk to one another here inside the Beltway have been wrong, too.

Then again, I'm wrong a lot.

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