Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher."

His career includes work in and out of politics, in and out of the United States.

In 2003-2004, Rich did a tour of duty in Iraq where he went at the request of the White House. The assignment - which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, he was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America.

My Articles

February 27, 2014, 4:53 AM EST
Democrats tried to separate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from the president's name. But, they couldn't. Obamacare it remains. And that may turn out to have been the single most important political failure of the Left in this election cycle.
February 24, 2014, 7:13 AM EST
This will be a difficult time politically in Ukraine and winter is a difficult time of the year.
February 10, 2014, 4:43 AM EST
Gallup is not the only organization regularly polling Presidential job approval. The Real Clear Politics average has the President at 42.8 - 52.3 approve/disapprove, slightly above the Gallup number.
February 3, 2014, 5:12 AM EST
The end of the NFL season can mean only one thing: We're only 10 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to the Washington Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida. It also means that tomorrow, February 4, will mark exactly nine months until the mid-term elections are held on November 4.
January 30, 2014, 6:24 AM EST
Did President Obama deliver a State of the Union report on Tuesday? No. It was a campaign speech delivered in the House Chamber. And it will not change the arc of this Presidency.
January 27, 2014, 4:13 AM EST
If you want to campaign for (or be appointed to) a public office, go back over your résumé and fix the problems. Right. Now.
January 23, 2014, 4:26 AM EST
In a year when attacking Bob McDonnell would have been advantageous to Virginia's Democrats -- if only to sully the Republican brand -- there was almost none of it. The screamingly loud silence that came from Democrats in the state house and senate during the entire McDonnell investigation indicates that what McDonnell did, Democrats have done, too.
January 20, 2014, 4:09 AM EST
My cynicism thing bubbled to the top on Friday as I watched President Obama's speech about the National Security Agency.
January 16, 2014, 4:59 AM EST
There is nothing in the Senate report indicating a cover-up on the part of the Obama administration, even though the attack occurred just 56 days prior to the presidential election on November 6, 2012.
January 13, 2014, 4:17 AM EST
Starting at about this point in every presidential election cycle, every sitting or former U.S. senator, member of the U.S. House, and governor, while they are brushing their teeth every morning, hums "Hail to the Chief" to see if they can make it fit.
January 9, 2014, 5:42 AM EST
If Republicans in Congress want to show the electorate they are capable of governing and thus should be in control of the House and the Senate, they should demonstrate that this week by bringing a complete package to the House floor: The benefit extension and the cuts to pay for it.
January 6, 2014, 9:29 AM EST
There is no way to know, 302 days out, what the big story going into election day will be. It might still be the many failing facets of Obamacare, but it might be Syria or Russia or Immigration or jobs or any number of hot-button issues.
January 3, 2014, 5:59 AM EST
So many people, groups, organizations, and institutions have failed this year that it is difficult to find one that is held by Americans in anything other than what Winston Churchill called "minimum high regard."
December 23, 2013, 4:21 AM EST
I've been trying to ignore the whole Phil Robertson - Duck Dynasty thing. But I can't.The amount of conversation his interview has generated is evidence that Americans are ready to climb to the barricades over anything that contradicts our personal beliefs.
December 20, 2013, 5:10 AM EST
Organizations that depend on fundraising (as opposed to selling a product or a service)must have an enemy to survive. For political groups, the enemy is anyone who doesn't agree with them -- either to their left or their right.
December 16, 2013, 4:07 AM EST
The problems with healthcare.gov will be solved; when they are solved they will reveal a far more damaging problem for the Obama Administration and its Democratic supporters: Obamacare itself stinks.
December 12, 2013, 4:27 AM EST
I don't think this is a great deal. It is an acceptable deal that will allow the House and Senate to do something other than wrap both Chambers around the axle of a broken-down fiscal pick up truck without the ability to even talk about other issues.
December 9, 2013, 8:56 AM EST
Since the death of Nelson Mandela was announced last week, there has been a strong odor of blaming Republicans in the United States for the existence of Apartheid in South Africa generally and the plight of Mr. Mandela in particular.
December 6, 2013, 4:40 AM EST
While we have been totally focused, for the past two months, on the amount of time it takes a webpage to load on healthcare.gov, the rest of the globe appears to be continuing to spin. And it appears to be spinning away from us.
December 2, 2013, 6:54 AM EST
A phrase that will haunt the administration of President Obama will likely be the "Vast Majority."