Rich Galen

This is a big week in American politics.

The other day Michele Bachmann's campaign "Did a Gingrich" as she lost her manager, the sainted Ed Rollins and his deputy. Ed said it was because, at 68, he's too damned old to go riding around on small planes and buses for 14 hours a day, seven days a week.

I have known Rollins for a hundred of his 68 years, and I am willing to bet heavy money that Rep. Bachmann - or Rep. Bachmann's husband - decided they knew more about how to run a Presidential campaign than Ed did and he told them he was perfectly happy to let them prove it.

This is the period in the Presidential cycle when campaigns have to focus on two things: debates and fundraising. The next debate will be tonight from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

We'll get to see Gov. Rick Perry in action against his opponents for the first time.

The next round of Federal Election Commission reports for Presidential campaigns will be due on October 15 and we'll have a better idea which of the eight (or nine or ten) campaigns will be able to make it through to January.

What else is going on?

Oh, yes. The President is going to speak to the nation from the Well of the House at a Joint Session of Congress tomorrow night about job creation. It is not clear to me why the White House decided to raise the bar that high, but it is just possible they know more about what is going to be in that speech than I do.

As Mullfave Peggy Noonan wrote last week,

"The speech will have to be very good not to be called very bad."

In her Washington Post blog, Jennifer Rubin wrote:

"According to Matt McDonald, a former Bush official and now a business consultant, in order to get to 8 percent unemployment by Election Day we would need 270,000 new jobs each month."

The Obama Administration's Labor Department reported zero job growth in August thus missing their target by just about 270,000 jobs.

When I worked for Speaker Gingrich and President Clinton was about to make a major speech we would toss incense into a fire and beseech the speech gods not to smile upon him. But we knew he would knock it out of the park and Clinton always did.

Obama has shown himself to be far less convincing as an orator. After the downgrade of U.S. securities by Standard & Poor's, Obama felt the need to make remarks in mid-session. It was so effective that, as NPR noted,

"Minutes after his speech was over, the Dow dropped 500 points."

But … he's the President and he gets to speak whenever he wants. Just not whereever he wants.


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 Mullings.com.