Rich Galen

"privately admitted that alcohol may have played a role in why some of those present decided to jump in."

What was that line by Claude Raines in "Casablanca" again?

And they wonder why Americans have such an abysmally low opinion of Congress.

What yesterday's Twitter-fest should have been about was a new e-book by Politico's Glenn Thrush named "Obama's Last Stand."

In a summary of his book, Thrush writes:

"President Barack Obama's campaign team, celebrated four years ago for its exceptional cohesion and eyes-on-the-prize strategic focus, has been shadowed this time by a succession of political disagreements and personal rivalries that haunted the effort at the outset."

This campaign, according to Thrush, is about "Obama's own burning competitiveness" coupled with his "remorseless focus on beating Mitt Romney - an opponent he genuinely views with contempt …"

That prompted me to Tweet (@richgalen)

Reading "Obamas Last Stand" reminded of the line "Four years ago Obama was on a crusade. Now he's in a campaign. And he's not that good at it"

Rather than beating up Obama quoting Thrush's book yesterday, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had to spend their day condemning Todd Akin and tsk-tsking over the actions of the Republican CODEL in Israel.

Not the best day of the campaign and none of it was Romney's fault.

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