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2016 Subscription Drive

Rich Galen

Wednesday September 28, 2016


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  • Welcome to Autumn and the annual MULLINGS Subscription Drive!

  • I know, I know. You've been eagerly opening your inbox emails waiting to see if today was the day.

  • Today, is the day.

  • MULLINGS goes to about 20,000 people via email twice a week. Some weeks, like this one with the BIG DEBATE, there was a column on Sunday and on Monday immediately after the debate. No extra charge.

  • In fact, the $30 annual fee is totally voluntary. You get to read MULLINGS twice a week whether you pay it or not. But, if you do then you make it easier for me to get on an airplane, check into a hotel room, rent a car, maybe get a sandwich, and report from the places I write from.

  • A year ago, for example, I boarded a plane for Budapest, Hungary from where photographer friend Tim Hyde and I set up shop and went to border crossings in Croatia, Serbia, and Austria to write about, and take photos of, what was being described as the largest human migration since World War II.

  • That's the kind of thing your subscription helps pay for.

  • I know it's not nearly as exciting as sitting in a gigantic white tent in Las Vegas, Hempstead, or St. Louis with a couple of hundred reporters watching four or five hours of political debates on TVs spread throughout the facility; but there you are.

  • In addition to special reports like those from Hungary, you will get the regular columns about politics, culture, and anything else that strikes me as odd, funny, or moving.

  • But, wait! You also get - absolutely free - the "Lad Link" Reed Galen's excellent take on the political world through the eyes of a Generation Xer who also happens to live way, WAY outside the Beltway. Sometimes we agree, sometimes not, but he's a terrific writer and has a unique take on what is going on.

  • Actually, the Lad Link (official name, "Singularity,") is worth the price of admission all by itself, but let's don't tell him that just yet.


    Reed makes a regular (about once-a-week) appearance on NBC Nightly News with a short observation about the political news of the day.

    Several months ago, he had been on Nightly and the next morning I was on Fox Business - not Fox & Friends, mind you, but Fox Business.

    After I got off the set I tweeted: Just got off the air doing Fox Business. Viewers = 8. The Lad did NBC Nightly News last night, viewers = 8 million. #TheTorchHasBeenPassed


  • Look at all the twists and turns this political cycle has taken us through: Donald, Carley, Bernie, Hillary, Carson, Boehner, Ryan and more legislative "cliffs" than a Road Runner cartoon.

  • On November 9th our attention will turn to who will be picked to fill which senior position in the winner's admininistration and what that will mean to the nation.

  • You can sound really smart at the Keurig machine every Monday and Thursday morning by reading MULLINGS. If I had a dollar for every time I've overheard the phrase, "Rich Galen said " I'd have, I don't know, three bucks.

  • If you never have, I would really appreciate your thinking about subscribing this year. If you are a regular subscriber, thank you and please continue to support MULLINGS.

  • Here's how to do it:
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  • MULLINGS has about 20,000 email recipients. It would be very helpful to increase that by 10 - 12 percent over the next month and you can help make that happen.

  • Tomorrow, we'll get back to trying to explain what is going on in American politics. For today, though, the ball is in your court.

  • Thank you.

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