The White House will announce that FoxNews reporter Tony Snow will be the next White House Press Secretary. Snow’s a good pick for the job – he’s an excellent reporter, he knows how to work a room, and he can build some badly-needed bridges between the Administration and the media.
Of course, being the Press Secretary for a White House popularity is in the toilet is a thankless job, but at least Bush will have someone in that position who will be able to speak well under fire and present a better public face for the Administration. McClellan was never the sort who could really engage the press, and going into a White House press briefing is about like swimming with sharks – the second they sense blood in the water, they’re in a feeding frenzy.
Bush needs to do much to reverse the free-fall in his approval ratings, which are now in the territory usually reserved for child molesters, bubonic plague, and people who talk during movies. Hell, I’m not remotely impressed with his performance as of late, and apparently to some I’m part of his “cheerleading squad”. (Which reminds me, where did I put those pom-poms?) The skyrocketing prices in gas are severely hurting Bush’s approval numbers, and there’s little he can do. The only thing keeping the GOP from cratering is the fact that the Democrats are all that much worse.
Snow has a tough job, probably one of the most thankless there is. However, if there’s one person who would be up to the task, it’s him.