Senator Schumer Was Great Last Night Attacking
Pres. Bush, but Where Was Tony Snow?
Senator Chuck Schumer
did a great job on every television channel last night
(while leering with joy), as he attacked the important
tax cuts of Pres. Bush and inaccurately said that
the President was helping “only the rich.” Pres.
Bush had had a large ceremony, with many Congressmen
present, at the White House during the day to dramatize
the importance of the cuts for the nation, but the
news featured Schumer.
The Schumer performance
was not unexpected, but the White House did not respond
in any way. It is too late now to do so effectively.
The President has already been branded as a friend
of the rich. Where
was Tony Snow? This is just the beginning of what
is going to happen to the friendly, polite Press Secretary
and to the President. Bush needs a strong person to
respond to Schumer and the myriad of other Democrats
who are waiting for their turn (but none will do better
than Schumer). The
poll numbers of Pres. Bush will continue to be terrible
unless he puts someone in charge who
is able to answer all the loud Democrats who are making
mincemeat of Bush. It has been very helpful to move
Carl Rove into the role of a spokesman, but that job
should be the primary duty of the Press Secretary,
Tony Snow, who said last week: “I had this wonderful idea that this would be nice and collegial and relaxed,
but it obviously at this point is just a mess.” Many
observers are saying that the poll numbers will continue
to be low unless Snow is replaced.