Rich Galen

But, as I was trying not to move my lips, I might have said, "I believe we may be out of milk and kitty litter at home."

A couple of hours later the ventriloquist/owner of the website called me and allowed as he was in West Virginia to do a ventriloquist gig at a school.

He asked me who had written the piece.

I wasn't in front of my computer at the time but suggested that a reasonable person might expect that the founder/editor/ventriloquist-in-chief of a political website might know who was posting what.

I certainly do on, and as you know, I'm not that good with details.

He named some people and, like viewing a line-up on a Law & Order episode, I thought number 3 was the guy. He said he would contact that person.

The next version removed the notion that I had been campaign manager, but still said I had quit the Gingrich campaign.

I wrote back saying, as I had never been employed by the Gingrich campaign, it was impossible for me to have quit the Gingrich campaign.

In the end the language got fixed but it took two phone calls and three e-mails.

This is the downside of the current "everyone can publish his own on-line newspaper" model.

New Rule: If you're going to have an on-line newspaper, it would be better not to leave the editing to a dummy.

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