Rich Galen

But, they have used the rules of the House - "If I have one more vote than you, I own and control everything" - learned at the cost of 40 years of Democrat rule until 1995, to pass legislation they knew had no chance of even coming to the floor of the Senate much less getting through.

For professional observers of the system, it was fun to watch the 60+ House freshmen march into the House Chamber like actors in the barricade scene of yet another staging of Les Miserables: They had wrested control from the Socialists and were going to show American how it's done.

One of the political lessons that has to be learned again and again is this: It is much easier to be a candidate than it is to serve in office.

As a candidate the world is closely delineated in high contrast black and white; a live action film noir. The good guys know what good guys do and the bad guys walk into rooms with their guns poking through the pockets of their overcoats.

When you take office, though, you quickly realize there is almost no program that doesn't obey Newton's Third Law - for every action - Every dime that is spent has been contributed (either through taxes, fees, or borrowing) from someone. Every dime that is not spent was a dime that someone had planned on receiving.

Don't want a new pipeline? Ok. Then we have to continue paying to protect OPEC oil moving through the Strait of Hormuz.

Don't want to extend unemployment benefits? No problem. You have to answer the mail from families in your district who have lost their home, their car and their self-respect because your bickering has stalled the recovery.

The President's budget is a waste of paper. We all get that. But, if House Republicans don't want to help govern then they should turn the House back to Nancy Pelosi, go to the Paris Air Show, and "don't block up the hall."

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