Tony Snow On Board!
A little rant mode here: I've long thought that Republicans are pretty good at getting things done in government but terrible at taking credit. I thought that Republicans should have been crowing about actually fulfilling the promises they made with the Contract with America all decade long. Love 'em or hate 'em for it, they were keeping their word, and it seemed that people profess to want that in a politician. It also bugged me that they let Bill Clinton take any credit for a surplus when his side swore up and down that the budget couldn't be balanced in ten years.
One of the things that's bugged me the most about the Bush presidency is the lack of desire to trumpet the good news. The general mood of defensiveness gets on my nerves. Look: our economy is in great shape, especially given the events of the last few years (hurricanes, terrorist attacks, etc.) Iraq and Afghanistan have come a heck of a long way in three years. I said this two years ago: "We have succeeded in Iraq beyond all reasonable expectations. So naturally the critics howl that we have not met unreasonable expectations." I haven't seen anything to contradict that statement, so why haven't people punched back hard at those unreasonable critics? (At least thank heavens for Victor Davis Hanson.)
I hope that Tony Snow will help turn some of this around. Part of the reason the president's approval is so low is because nobody's talking about the good news. It's about time somebody did.