The jokes may be obvious, but Tony Snow may have a credential or two to earn the spot:
“Fox analyst named Bush press secretary: Snow replaces McClellan as White House continues makeover”
Snow has had some colorful things to say about the President in the past. Media Matters has some suggested questions from the press to ask Tony Snow:
“With the failure of Harriet Miers’ Supreme Court nomination, do you consider Bush’s presidency effectively over?
From Snow’s October 7, 2005, column:
So now things get interesting. The president has stirred up a lot of mischief, but Miers has to clean up the mess. The upcoming confirmation hearings will determine her fate — and the president’s. If she defies expectations, George Bush will look like a genius. If the Senate rejects her nomination, his presidency will come effectively to an end.”
“Would you still argue that the Republican Party is “packed with cowards”? Or that the president’s “compassionate conservatism” is “a slogan that exceeded skeptics’ worst expectations”?
From Snow’s December 3, 2005, column:
When Democrats gibber about Republicans’ writhing in a culture of corruption, they’re on to something — but not what they think. The Republican Party in Washington is in trouble not because it’s overrun by crooks, but because it’s packed with cowards — and has degenerated into a caricature of the party that swept to power 11 years ago promising to take on the federal bureaucracy and liberate the creative genius of American society…
Hence, George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” — a slogan that exceeded skeptics’ worst expectations. That phrase, aimed at reassuring suburban white moms and queasy left-wing Republicans, became a white flag on the core issue of government size and might. Bush insiders even began boasting about “big government” conservatism — oblivious to the fact that big government does not conserve or preserve; it crushes and digests, devouring institutions that challenge its supremacy.”
Can a pundit who was paid to express semi-candid opinions of the President now become his unabashed chief liar and cheerleader? This will be interesting.