Rich Galen

Don't believe me? Ask Nancy Pelosi how many people on the House side of the Capital care what she thinks, what she wants, or what she says.

Answer? Not counting her staff, no one.

If a member of the minority has a good idea for a bill, resolution, or amendment it is not at all unheard of for a member of the majority to take it, put their own name on it, and have his or her press secretary write a love poem - in the form of a press release - to the boss' brilliance.

Compare and contrast with the brilliant legislative career of U.S. Senator Barak Obama who was so ineffective that his colleague Sen. Hillary Clinton pointed out, during a debate, that as Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs Obama had held "not one substantive hearing to do oversight."

The reality is: The skills necessary to be President have nothing whatever to do with the skills necessary to be a Member of Congress which is why Governors are elected President far more often than Senators.

As I said, I'm not a huge fan or Rep. Bachmann's but the Politico piece looked to me as if it had been written by two high school interns working for the summer at the East Iquana Gazette. They did a Google search and looked at but showed zero understanding of how the U.S. House works.

This, to me, was an example of reportorial piling-on for no purpose other than knocking Michele Bachmann off her perch.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to the piece, to the proof of Sen. Clinton's claim against Obama and the definition of "esne."

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