What's that old saying? Something about rats deserting a sinking ship? Whatever the cliche, the stampede to leave the Bush Administration before it flames out in a historically unprecedented legacy of failure and stupidity continues. Tony Snow, former Fox News 'journalist' and current White House Press Secretary has announced his plans to resign. Snow will be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino.
"I'm not going to be able to go the distance, but that's primarily for financial reasons. I've told people when my money runs out, then I've got to go."
A perplexing comment, since Snow makes around $168,000 a year. He's had some recent health problems, so perhaps the six-figure salary isn't cutting it. Ironic, since he's the mouthpiece for a government that steadfastly refuses to implement anything even remotely resembling a public healthcare system.
Some observers have had Snow on resignation watch for a while now. Apparently, he was starting to get a little 'snippy' in briefings:
CBS News' Bill Plante: "Your tolerance level seems to be slipping."
Snow: "Really? Am I getting cranky like you? Wow."
Zing! Of course, you can't blame Snow for getting peevish. It's not easy getting a daily pummeling over debauched Republican Senators, a disastrous foreign war, illegal government surveillance and the overall ineptness of the sitting president. I'd be cranky, too.
But I can't help feel a little sadness over Snow's departure. Whoever replaces him, it seems unlikely that their last name will have so many sarcastic applications- using 'Snow Job' or 'getting snowed' was such a useful shorthand for the carnival of spin tumbling out of his mouth.