Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow Passed Away

July 12, 2008

Tony Snow, a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the White House briefing room during a stint as President Bush’s press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.

“America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character,” President Bush said in a statement from Camp David, where he was spending the weekend. “It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work.”

Snow died at 2 a.m. at Georgetown University Hospital, according to former employer Fox News.

Snow, who served as the first host of the television news program “Fox News Sunday” from 1996 to 2003, would later say that in the Bush administration he was enjoying “the most exciting, intellectually aerobic job I’m ever going to have.”

Snow was working for Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio when he replaced Scott McClellan as press secretary in May 2006 during a White House shake-up. Unlike McClellan, who came to define caution and bland delivery from the White House podium, Snow was never shy about playing to the cameras.

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook – if not always a command of the facts – he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.

He served just 17 months as press secretary, a tenure interrupted by his second bout with cancer. In 2005 doctors had removed his colon and he began six months of chemotherapy. In March 2007 a cancerous growth was removed from his abdominal area and he spent five weeks recuperating before returning to the White House.

“All of us here at the White House will miss Tony, as will the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer,” Bush said.

Snow resigned as Bush’s chief spokesman last September, citing not his health but a need to earn more than the $168,000 a year he was paid in the government post. In April, he joined CNN as a commentator.

As press secretary, Snow brought partisan zeal and the skills of a seasoned performer to the task of explaining and defending the president’s policies. During daily briefings, he challenged reporters, scolded them and questioned their motives as if he were starring in a TV show broadcast live from the West Wing.

Critics suggested that Snow was turning the traditionally informational daily briefing into a personality-driven media event short on facts and long on confrontation. He was the first press secretary, by his own accounting, to travel the country raising money for Republican candidates.

Although a star in conservative politics, as a commentator he had not always been on the president’s side. He once called Bush “something of an embarrassment” in conservative circles and criticized what he called Bush’s “lackluster” domestic policy.

Most of Snow’s career in journalism involved expressing his conservative views. After earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1977 and studying economics and philosophy at the University of Chicago, he wrote editorials for The Greensboro (N.C.) Record, and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.

He was the editorial page editor of The Newport News (Va.) Daily Press and deputy editorial page editor of The Detroit News before moving to Washington in 1987 to become editorial page editor of The Washington Times.

Snow left journalism in 1991 to join the administration of the first President Bush as director of speechwriting and deputy assistant to the president for media affairs. He then rejoined the news media to write nationally syndicated columns for The Detroit News and USA Today during much of the Clinton administration.

Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News, called Snow a “renaissance man.”

Robert Anthony Snow was born June 1, 1955, in Berea, Ky., and spent his childhood in the Cincinnati area. Survivors include his wife, Jill Ellen Walker, whom he married in 1987, and three children.

Story by Douglass K Daniel

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After Pennsylvania The Polls Say…

April 23, 2008

The Gallup Daily

National
Obama 50, Clinton 42
McCain 46, Obama 45… McCain 47, Clinton 46

Rasmussen Reports

National
Obama 48, Clinton 43
McCain 47, Obama 44… McCain 47, Clinton 44

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McCain Hires Pageant Queen To Get Interns

April 22, 2008

John McCain has hired Miss South Carolina 2007, Ashley Zais, to be his intern coordinator — and no she’s not that South Carolina idiot beauty queen. Paging “the Iraq!”
Ashley Zais, John McCain
Zais will be in charge of organizing interns for the McCain campaign headquarters. General intern responsibilities include fundraising, phone banking, wearing berets, and staying the hell off of Cindy McCain’s man.

Calls to McCain’s camp were not returned.

This story found @ TMZ.com

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McCain To Take Money From Taxpayers For His Campaign

April 21, 2008


John McCain is abandoning any hope of catching the Democrats in fundraising.

Based on new financial disclosure reports released Sunday, and interviews with his finance team, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee will instead accept taxpayer money to finance his general election and share other costs with the Republican National Committee.

The strategy will allow McCain to stretch his campaign dollars by splitting the cost of television advertising and other campaign activity with the RNC.

But the decision also puts the Arizona senator at risk of being badly outspent – even with RNC help – by a Democratic nominee who will be allowed to spend as much as he or she can raise on the November race.

McCain has raised a total of $72 million for his presidential bid, including $15 million in March. He ended last month with about $11.5 million in cash.

The rest of the story can be found @ Politico.com

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*** Hypocrit! I hope people see this. From Campaign Finance Reform to bleeding a starving economy dry by taking what little money is left for his own potential gain.


What The Hell Is A Democrat?

April 15, 2008

Let me start off by saying that the principles and concepts that make each what they are has completely flip-flopped at least once in the history of the United States.  In the time of Lincoln, the Democrats might have been mistaken for their Republican counterparts of current day.  Republicans in Lincoln’s time might even be called liberal.  They supported ending slavery.  Republicans of today have been associated with Southern, Conservative ideals, and people like David Duke and Strom Thurmond exemplify what may finally be changing.

Liberal Democrats might assume the origin of the statement, “Government does not belong in my wallet or my bedroom” is firmly locked in the history of the Democratic movement.  They could not be more wrong.  Barry Goldwater, the pinnacle of conservatism and an icon in the modern-day Republican party, coined that term, a principle that is now held close by the Libertarians.  Since before the era of Carter, there has been a slow and steady move towards one, moderate political consolidation of the two-party system.  About the time Ross Perot reaered his ugly head, whispers among analysts and academicians introduced the concept 3 parties.  Not necessarily the origin of the concept, but it seemed as though Ross Perot was the loudest of any current examples.

**It is interesting to note that during the GW Bush’s first campaign, McCain was running as an independent.  At one point in that electon cycle, McCain was being considered as a potential running mate for John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.  Now, he claims to have always been a conservative.  A very close friend of his, Hillary Clinton, was a Republican before she ever even considered being a Democrat.  The lines are not blurry, they were bleached away and wiped off with our political system’s integrity…. or what’s left of it.

What the hell is a Democrat?  What is a Republican?  The Republican Party, also known as The Good Old Party,  is slowly becoming the only party.  The far left is now what was once called the moderate middle.  From this point forward in this blog, I will speak about “Billary” because they are two parts of a whole. They floated through two terms together, and they will sink together and likely each other.  Since before the time of Clinton’s first term, I have asked why there is not a third choice, if not a fourth, fifth, or sixth choices?

Please, stop listening to speeches often written by speech-writers or whether or not they perform well on Saturday Night Live.  Look at their records.  See how they voted.  Look at the long-term effects.  I would now suggest that the massive surplus that happened during the pendulum swing towards Billary was merely done to have enough money for the GW Bush’s terms to spend on his own personal friends’ private contracts with the government and GW’s continuation of a family vendetta and quest for oil.  Recalling now infamous cries of “I didn’t inhale”, one might think there might have been progress on a failing drug policy in the United States during the Clinton Administration.  Quite the opposite.  3 Strikes, increasing mandatory minimums, and the largest number of non-violent drug users were locked up instead being given treatment all suggest that the social liberal was not truly liberal at all.

What the hell is a Democrat?  This year, I am voting Republicrat Arlen Specter!


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