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April 26, 2006

New Snow

On Tony Snow's ascension to White House press secretary, it's worth noting that the Fox News anchor won't just be a public face, but has been promised an active role in the administration's internal policy debates (they have those?). Brit Hume, while trying to keep his face from drooping right off, mused that Snow seems "excited by the idea of being on the inside. He believes he will be at the table when decisions are made. For someone of his bent, that's too good to pass up."

According to reports, Snow is big on economics and immigration. He thought Bush's abandonment of Social Security privatization was a "surrender" and he's regularly condemned the White House's "lack of spending discipline" and inability to bring down a veto. Which means, basically, that he's a true believer, insistent that the White House's low poll numbers stem from an unwillingness to enact vastly unpopular, regressive economic policies, as if it's some mere oversight that they've not halted growth and rewritten the budget. There's a reason conservatives keep that face in front of the cameras but out of the legislation -- cuts sound good in theory, but Americans don't much like them in practice (ask Newt Gingrich how his attempt to slow the growth of Medicare worked out). It's the old axiom: Americans are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. If Snow really does get to wield some policy authority, I look forward to seeing him prove it right once again.

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I wonder what Dan Barlett (assuming SnowJob works for Bartlett) thinks of Snow at the table when apparently Dan has not been a frequent table-sitter.

I agree that watching Snow will be fascinating. If he, in reality, has to be just a mouthpiece (because everybody but Rummy and maybe Condi, is,) will he become a loyal acolyte or become another BushCo mal-appointment that falls by the wayside and becomes the enemy?

I sure do hope, like you, that they go for the hard cider in policy.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 26, 2006 11:19:20 AM

I don't want to say Tony's cocky, but he's going around the Oval Office saying, "things around here are gonna change, now that you're getting ten inches of Snow."

Is that a bad sign?

Posted by: Jimmm | Apr 26, 2006 12:11:03 PM

So I guess SnowJob will be the new term for a white house press conference? :)

Posted by: Sonny | Apr 26, 2006 1:39:46 PM

I think Snow will be... interesting. I think some of the stuff the Administration has done and continues to is just not "sale-able", but Snow could put a clean-cut handsome face on a lot of things and make them seem more attractive. I tend to agree with Ezra, though - I think the "policy development" aspect will either be painful, if he succeeds in pushing folks to his POV (for the reasons you cite), or immensely frustrating if he can't. And I suspect that the real truth is he's a true believer about to go into the belly of the beast and discover he's the only one of his kind at the table. I think in Rove-land, pork spending is an essential loyalty tool and not to be tampered with, for one thing, and there are many others (such as just how deadly an enforcement only immigration plan would be). And discovering that he can't make any headway on his issues, will he let his frustrations show? Or will he walk? Or will he be a good team player? I don't think the answer on that score is at all clear. And that's where it gets interesting.

Posted by: weboy | Apr 26, 2006 1:47:42 PM

Let's hope he's at least a bit better at dressing up dogshit to look like chocolate mousse. Scotty was just painful to watch.

And I'm sure that once Snow retires from the White House, it's right back to Fox News again.

Posted by: Ross Taben | Apr 26, 2006 3:02:18 PM

I initiailly read the line as "For someone off his bent..."

Posted by: pantomimeHorse | Apr 26, 2006 4:00:28 PM

I think its going to be a challenge for a guy used to calling the shots to enter an arena he doesn't and can't control. May be interesting.

Posted by: slickdpdx | Apr 26, 2006 4:26:24 PM

All I know is that Tony Snow, at some point, had his very soul dipped in teeth whitener. He is, without question, the whitest man alive. He is the ultimate Whitey McWhiteypants.

Posted by: matt | Apr 26, 2006 5:18:28 PM

All I know is that Tony Snow, at some point, had his very soul dipped in teeth whitener. He is, without question, the whitest man alive. He is the ultimate Whitey McWhiteypants.

Well, thank you for your honestly.

I guess race matters, after all....until it comes to a race that you prefer.

Posted by: Fred Jones | Apr 27, 2006 11:07:12 AM

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