Rich Galen

For fans the game is never over. That's why talk radio lives.

In the Green Room we will often talk about what we are going to say on the air, just so we can calibrate the discussion. The producers have typically emailed us with three or four likely subject areas, so when the host asks a question we are not caught flat footed.

I will only go on the air with people I know. Someone who is billed as a "Political Strategist" and whose political background is limited to being a senior staffer on the Ag Committee in the New York State Senate in Albany will not be able to keep up with Brazile, nor Begala.

Nor me.

For the most part we are careful to stay in bounds which is to say, we don't accuse the other person of having said something different in the Green Room than what he or she is saying on the air.

Had I been in the Green Room with Hillary Rosen on the evening she said what she did about Mrs. Romney I would have cautioned her about dragging a candidate's spouse into the debate absent he or she having inserted themselves.

I don't know that she would have taken my advice, but I suspect it would have been in the back of her mind when she went on set and she might have softened her statement.

Green Rooms are interesting places to spend time.

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