Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tony Snow For Press Secretary

He's the front runner, and I hope he gets selected:

Fox News commentator Tony Snow is the front-runner to become White House press secretary and a decision on his appointment is near, Republicans close to the White House said Tuesday.

Snow has told associates he would like to take the job and he has had serious discussions with White House officials, the Republicans said on condition of anonymity because of President Bush's dislike of news leaks.

As a conservative columnist and commentator, Snow has been sharply critical of Bush and Republicans in Congress at times. The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, circulated unflattering observations by Snow about Bush.

"His (Bush's) wavering conservatism has become an active concern among Republicans, who wish he would stop cowering under the bed and start fighting back against the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Wilson," Snow wrote last November after Republicans failed to win the governor's race in Virginia. "The newly passive George Bush has become something of an embarrassment."

This is exactly the kind of influence that the Bush White House needs. Getting Tony Snow signed on as the White House Press Secretary will be one of many first steps in the right direction towards turning the party around, and getting its image right with the American people.

The GOP can and should win the mid term elections this November, but it's going to take a willingness to move away from the status quo mentality that has plagued this Congress since Bush's re-election.

It's time to play hardball.

No more GOP cave-ins disguised as bipartisan compromises. Use the majority to your advantage. Don't be bullied by the stall tactics of the Democrats. Get the judges confirmed. Rededicate yourselves to winning the war in Iraq and fighting the war on terror. Protect our citizens and protect our borders by standing by the Patriot Act, the NSA terrorist surveillance program, and getting serious about immigration policy. Cut some taxes (especially the gas tax) and cut the spending.

In other words, listen to the base.

It isn't going to be a simple task, but it is very feasible. All it takes is some committment and an attitude to win.