As BlatherWatch predicted just yesterday, Fox Radio's Tony Snow (or Snony Tow, as President Bush calls him) will probably be named White House Press Secretary, according to CNN.
"It's all done except for dotting the t's and crossing the eyes," CNN's Suzanne Malveaux told Wolf Blitzer Monday evening.
Snow has had a recent bout with colon cancer- (not uncommon for clench-sphinctered Republicans) which accounts for his hollow-eyed, narrow-foreheaded, Frankenstein look lately.
It's probably a good move for the beleaguered White House, whose fearless leader's approval ratings dropped to 32% today in the new CNN poll. That's a point drop from the weekend's Fox poll which gave him 33%.
Who will fill the position on KVI's 9 ta noon? Although we don't believe the 13 share he supposedly pulled last book, Snow certainly has been a player in that vital slot in Seattle.
Snony is a smarmy pontificator with a Republican haircut, but he's a capable and experienced communicator well liked by his media peers. He might be able to gussy up the corpse of this administration.
And don't expect those exclusive Fox News interviews with Bush, Cheney, or Rummy to get spread around to other networks. The Fox is in charge of the henhouse.
We have to admit, we enjoyed Snow's recent description of outgoing press secretary Scott McClellan as a "...baby seal for the press to club every day 'til he's bloody. Then they drag his bleeding carcass off until the next day; then put him back out there for it all to happen again."
(McClellan's mother is Texas State Comptroller and loose cannon independent gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn; who's in the process of collecting signatures to have her name placed on the November ballot. If successful, and she beats fellow independent hopeful, Kinky Friedman, (yes, that Kinky Friedman) she'll face incumbent Republican Rick Perry in the general election. A fast talker, she says “My kids say I speak 365 words a minute.” She claims she learned to speak quickly because her mother would let her lick the beater when she made a cake, but wouldn’t turn the machine off first. She recently said about son Scott: "How can he know about Afghanistan if he can’t make up his bed?”)
Snow's appointment is another example of talk radio's influence on Republicans and the Party's almost instinctual turning to it when they need to reconnect with the electorate.
Snow's a likable guy who's schtick is "reasonable," but he's as conservative as anyone in the administration. Talk radio has worked well for Bush and the GOP many times before. It's been a back-beat of Republican memes and conservative framing for years; and it's served them well.
The Democrats have nothing that comes close to reaching as many hearts and minds as the right has with talk radio. It's measured in sheer numbers of hours, days and years of reframing, and redefining issues and scorning the progressive philosophical status quo set in the 1930's.
Snow is one of the legion of talk hosts who is not only conservative, but partisan. These are the water buffalos of the Republican Party toiling on the daily airwaves with Party strategery and spin always at the forefront.
In this category are Snow, Limbaugh, Medved, Hannity, Neal Boortz, Laura Ingraham, John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Sytman & Boze, etc., who rarely stray off the reservation, even when Bush & Co. stray from the Reagan conservative boilerplate they all claim to abide by.
Other conservatives talkers are either more independent, more libertarian, or too conservative to always go along with "my Party, right or wrong." These are talkers like O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Mike Gallagher, G. Gordon Liddy, Lars Larson, Larry Elder, Janet Parshall, Hugh Hewitt, Dori Monson, Frank Shiers, Lou Pate, and more. They're falling away from Bush as are a lot of R's- on immigration, Iraq, the astounding deficits, and the hugely expanded government.
It's sad that all the administration seems to wanna do is change the faces of the front men while leaving in place the faulty policies and the fuck-ups who have failed so miserably to implement them. Americans won't be fooled by this- things have gone too far.
Bush has done too much, too little, too badly.