Rich Galen

Donna Brazile and I did our very popular "He said; She said" act in Cleveland for legislators from the Midwest. We will take the act somewhat further on the road next week when we reprise it in Edmonton, Alberta for the Western Legislative Conference.

The buzz among the political cognoscenti is how much damage the Romney campaign has suffered from the attacks on his time at Bain Capital. The problem is, there is no evidence - thus far - that the attacks have had any effect.

In national polling the Real Clear Politics summary shows that if you average the six polls that were substantially or completely in the field after the June unemployment figures were announced, Obama leads by just 2.0 percentage points. Well within the margin of error.

But, if you use the East German Theory of Political Polling - throwing out the highest (Rasmussen Romney +3) and lowest (Reuters Obama +6) scores - we are left with four polls: Obama leads in two by two percentage points, Romney leads in one by one percentage point and they're tied in the other for an overall average lead for the President of 0.75 percentage points.

The problem doesn't appear to be with the Romney campaign. It appears to be with the Obama campaign: They can't create any separation between the President and Governor Romney.

The Romney campaign appears to be following the script they developed during the primaries: Let the attacks flow over them, wait them out, buy more ads than the other candidates when it matters, and … win the nomination.

I tried this theory out on a friend the other day who said "Well, that was a Republican primary with Republican voters."

I agreed, but we should remember that Romney was far from the darling of social conservatives yet he beat Santorum, Gingrich, Cain, Perry, and all the rest.

The current talk of the town is who Romney will choose as his running mate. The fact that we're likely to know the answer to this within a matter of days, doesn't deter us from the guessing game.

Many, especially Democrats to whom the Romney campaign has likely not turned for advice, have suggested Romney needs someone to spice up the campaign.

I have a different theory. It is based on the work of, of all people, Vice President Joe Biden.

Joe Biden was elected to the U.S. Senate when he was 29 years old. The Constitution requires a minimum age of 30 to be a U.S. Senator (25 for a Member of the U.S. House, 35 for President). Biden turned 30 before the Congress opened in January so he was Constitutionally eligible to take the oath of office

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