The White House announced tonight that Fox News radio host Tony Snow will be the new White House press secretary, replacing Scott McClellan.
Tony is one of the world’s nice people. He is also a close student of the news, and I think he’s been known to read our site from time to time. His congeniality and media background will buy him some popularity with the reporters who cover the White House. But essentially all of them are partisan Democrats, so that good will will last for about a week. What the White House really needs is someone who can push back aggressively against the liberal tilt of the media, and make the administration’s case directly to the people. Tony Snow is equipped to do this, I think; the question is, will he?