Rich Galen

Newt Gingrich and his Band of Brothers named the "Conservative Opportunity Society" rolled into town behind us and we provided a daily press conference commenting on whatever the Democrats were trying to accomplish.

By the next Presidential Cycle both National Committees recognized the genius of my idea and raised it to the level of satellite trucks and full staffs to the point, next week, when the rumor is the Ds will be sending Joe Biden to Tampa to say something stupid.

The big negotiations have been between the convention managers (read: The Romney Team) and Members of Congress, Senators, and Governors as to will they get to speak and, if they do, about what and when.

When I was growing up the three major networks went crazy promoting the number of people they would have on hand to provide "GAVEL-to-GAVEL COVERAGE" of the national conventions.

Then cable happened and the broadcast networks have been reducing their coverage to only a couple of hours per night.

U.S. Senators who stride mightily across the National Capitol and Governors who are the most mighty in their states are reduced to being (modifying Macbeth)

Poor players, strutting and fretting their hour upon

the stage

And then are heard no more.

It is a tale told by an idiot,

full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

All because they will not have been granted a speaking slot in prime time.

Conventions matter but this is probably the last cycle they will look like they do today.

In an age of looking for every dime to reduce the deficit, it is impossible to believe that in 2016 each of the Republican and Democrat conventions will be bolstered by your tax dollars.

18,248,300 tax dollars this year, to be exact.


Talk to you Monday from Tampa.

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