August 01, 2006


Decisions, decisions.

The president's hiring of Tony Snow - a talk show host very adept at deflating the pretensions of the DC press corps - is a welcome change in Washington.

Perhaps it's time for Mitt Romney to do the same, in the wake of the "Tar baby" flap.

The decision - which media-deflating wag should he hire?

Should he hire Brian Maloney?

Or perhaps Learned Foot?

It's a tough call. Get on it, Mitt.

Posted by Mitch at August 1, 2006 06:49 AM | TrackBack

This is a dumb controversy.

Posted by: angryclown at August 1, 2006 07:41 AM

I'd prefer General Honore - the guy who gave us the phrase "stuck on stupid." That line would get a lot of use with the White House press corps.

Actually, you could use him here, too, Mitch.


Posted by: nathan bissonette at August 1, 2006 08:20 AM

Funny . . . Tony had his own run in with the phrase 'tar baby' on his first day on the job:

""MR. SNOW: Well, if you go back -- if you go back and you look through what he said, there was a reference to foreign-to-domestic calls. I am not going to stand up here and presume to declassify any kind of program. That is a decision the President has to make. I can't confirm or deny it. The President was not confirming or denying.

Again, I would take you back to the USA Today story, simply to give you a little context. Look at the poll that appeared the following day. While there was -- part of it said 51 percent of the American people opposed, if you look at when people said, if there is a roster of phone numbers, do you feel comfortable that -- I'm paraphrasing and I apologize -- but something like 64 percent of the polling was not troubled by it. Having said that, I don't want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program -- the alleged program -- the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny. ""

and later in the same press conference:

""Q Hi, Tony. Welcome, and nice, nice and zippy. A couple of personal questions. You've made a lot of -- (laughter.) What are your personal goals, what do you hope to achieve here? Will you continue to televise these briefings? And would you put into English the phrase, "hug the tar baby"?

MR. SNOW: Well, when we hug the tar baby -- we could trace that back to American lore. I don't see it as a personal sacrifice to answer a call from the President of the United States to come and serve, I consider it an honor. That still gives me chills. I go out at the end of that lawn, I look back the pillars, and think, man, I'm working here. I don't know if you ever do this, but if you don't, I suggest you do. It's an astounding thing. And whatever the citizens and you may feel about your particular state in life, this is a very special place to work. ""

Posted by: Flash at August 1, 2006 10:29 AM

"And would you put into English the phrase, 'hug the tar baby'?"

That sounds like something that can only be explained if everyone in the room is over age 18.

Posted by: Dave in Pgh. at August 1, 2006 11:41 AM

Folks just need to see Song of the South.

Posted by: Badda-Blogger at August 1, 2006 11:51 AM

Badda said: "Folks just need to see Song of the South."

Or as Republicans call it: "Everything We Need to Know About African-Americans."

Posted by: angryclown at August 1, 2006 11:59 AM

Everything the left needed to know about african-Americans they leaned from "The White Shadow". Props, there to be molded and used by a benevolent great white father.

Posted by: Ivan at August 1, 2006 12:14 PM

It's obvious from Clown's comments that he's not seen Song of the South.

Posted by: Badda-Blogger at August 1, 2006 12:33 PM

Shows what you know, Crazy Ivan. Blacks and whites played on the same team in a High School where the principal was a black man. IT'S THE RIGHT-WING NIGHTMARE!

Angryclown puts up with a lot of foolishness on this blog, but dissing the White Shadow is just too much.

Posted by: angryclown at August 1, 2006 12:42 PM

How is that the right-wing nightmare? That sounds like what most conservatives consider the home team.

Posted by: Badda-Blogger at August 1, 2006 12:46 PM

The average Republican gathering wouldn't yield an integrated team for doubles tennis, much less basketball.

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