Rich Galen

Let's be honest about this. When people from Tripoli to Madison are shouting - if not shooting - at each other; when people are storming the state capitol buildings in Ohio and Wisconsin; when the President and the Congress are threatening to shut down the Federal government it's time to call in the …


Tell me a time, not counting the Great War or its immediate successor World War II, when the world was in more turmoil.

If it were just Tunisia and Egypt and Libya and Bahrain we could say, "Well, we're not really surprised because (a) we have no idea where those places are and (b) we have no idea where those places are.

If it were just Madison, Wisconsin we could say, "Well, its Wisconsin and while we couldn't pinpoint it on a blank map we know its north of Louisiana and between New York and California."

If it were just the President facing down the new Republican majority in the U.S. House over the budget, we could say "Didn't we go through this 15 years ago?"

Dyanu - which is Hebrew for "It would have been enough for me."

But it's all that and more.

Everyone hates everyone even though we are in the middle of Barack Obama's first term - maybe only term - and wondering what happened to the promise of change, of a new tone, of a new approach.

Let me be among the first to say that Barack Obama's Presidency is, at this point, a failure.

He has overseen the loss of about 1,373 Democrats in the U.S. House; had to depend on bogus candidates nominated for the U.S. Senate to retain control of that Chamber; and his outreach to the Middle East ("My middle name is 'Hussein'") is not just a failure, but a failure of global proportions.

Obama has had little to say about the fight over the rights of public employee unions in New Jersey, Wisconsin, or Ohio. He had nothing to say about the horrors taking place in Libya until he could - literally - hide behind the skirts of his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Remember that "3 AM" ad that Hillary ran during the primaries? When the call comes into the White House at 3 AM who do you want answering the phone? I think, if a lot of Democrats could revisit their answer to that, it would be President Hillary Clinton looking at all these issues.

New unemployment numbers will have come out by the time you read this, and I will be surprised if they have sunk under 9 percent.

Oil prices are on the rise. Crude closed at nearly $97 per barrel yesterday leading to higher prices at the pump, higher air fares, and higher prices for everything on the shelves at the Safeway.

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