Rich Galen

I - and many other long-time watchers of this process - said way back in the beginning that Romney had learned a lot in losing to McCain four years ago and had re-tooled his campaign to be ready to run a marathon.

None of the other candidates had the staff, the money, or the knowledge to be able to function more than one-state-at-a -time.

Over the course of this five-or-so month process the Romney team has been able to test their multi-state systems. The senior leadership knows who can manage a statewide campaign, who can handle the press in a swing state; who can raise the money to keep the campaign moving forward.

As of last night, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Barack Obama had a scant two percentage point lead over Mitt Romney. That is not where an incumbent President wants to be.

Polls in May are not predictive of what will be happening in November.

Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Greece, Spain, California, and Facebook. They are predictive of what will be happening in November and none of those signs are good for Obama.

Ok, not Facebook. As of this writing, Facebook had lost about 25 percent of its value since its highly hyped initial public offering on May 18. I am using Facebook as a metaphor for Obama's first term: Highly touted. Enormous interest. Massive promise.


The general election period has now begun. It is fitting that it began in Texas.

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