To me at least, the selection of Fox commentator Tony Snow for press secretary to George Bush looks right, feels right. It helps greatly with Bushs conservative base that he picked a real live journalist to succeed the mechanical robot Scott McClellanone who criticized Bush rightly in the past. As one who briefly met and talked with Tony Snow when he was in Chicago a few years ago at the WLS gala, Im impressed that not only is he a superb choice but that he has the winning and sunny Reagan credentials to be somebody on his own in the future in elective office. But theres one problem with Snow as a veteran White House correspondent told me yesterday: a good commentator is one who polarizes, invents sound bytes and sets the phones ringing. Thats what Tony Snow can do all right. But that isnt exactly what a press secretary to president should do.
But were getting ahead of ourselves: suffice it to say that the forecast for Snow cheers me very much. Your view on Snow: a blessing for Bush, overbilled or carrying the potential of disaster?