Wednesday, April 26, 2006


As you may or may not have noticed, I have been pretty silent on political topics of late.

Partly it was because I was starting to piss people off. I had a friend recently ask to be removed from my update list because she couldn't stand my diatribes (never mind the fact that out of 160 some blogs on this site, only a dozen are remotely political in nature).

But the main reason is that it seemed like I'd be flogging a dying horse.

Bush is the third most unpopular President in U.S. history. Everything he touches these days falls apart spectacularly. He's like a drowning man who can't seem to keep his head above water or get a full breath before the next wave pounds him again.

Needless to say, these recent events make me quite giddy. In my opinion, this is a wildly inept and corrupt administration and its behavior proves Newtonian physics—for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Bam! Pow! Zowie!

So why am I compelled to write something today? Why make a comment now when I ignored things I felt very passionately about, like the Iraq debacle, skyrocketing oil prices, the immigration debate, the half dozen retired Generals demanding that the Secretary of Defense be handed his walking papers, the President's authorized, illegal spying on his own citizens, the torture amendments and secret prisons, and yes, even the Vice President shooting a 78 year old man in the face? (See what you've been spared the past few months!)

I don't know. Maybe it's just because today's news is so...imbecilic.

Yes boys and girls, the White House has a new Press Secretary. He looks familiar, you say? He should. Let's all welcome Tony Snow, commentator for that bastion of fair, that vanguard of balance, FOX News!

Good grief.

At least he's easier on the eyes than that last feller. (You're free Scott McClellan, freeeeeeee.)

That's it--the political pen is officially in hand again. With targets this big, how can you not take pot-shots?


Anonymous Nate said...

What's the big deal? Since when is being a White House press secretary a job for fairness and balance? The job's always been about spin, but this administration has taken it to whole new levels. And if they want good, rosy spin, then FOX news is just the place to go shoppin'! Even NPR understands this, and didn't make much of a deal about it. Of all the imbecilic ways this administration has handled things in just the last few months, this is a pretty straightforward move. You come out of idealogue-hiatus for this?

4:37 PM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

You're reading way too much into it. I'm just commenting on the new position being filled by a flashy Bushophile from the most obnoxious and ridiculous news channel on TV.

Is he qualified? Sure. Will he have what it takes? Probably. Is his job the spin and not to reveal truth or balance? There was never any doubt.

It's just amusing in its own garish, incestuous sort of way, that all.

Besides, I wouldn't know about the NPR stories--it's pledge drive week and I'm lucky to get a headline snippet, let alone an entire story.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Nate said...

What? They stagger pledge drive weeks? We had ours last week!

I found these types of things to be very helpful...though not without some guilt.

FOX has cool graphics and loud noises. I hope some of that is brought to the White House press room.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

"And now!...(swoosh, swish)
...Liiiiiive from White House studio 12 in the West Wing...(swoosh, swish)'ssssssss,
THE TONY SNOW SHOW!" (ahhhhaaaa)...and here's your host, the press secretary with the most, Tony Snoooooooooooow!" (Graphics of F-18's flashing across the screen)

"Thanks Dick. Today, we examine the disappearance of that girl on an island no one can find on a map. Then, is your dog psychic? And later, this man says he's President Bush's biggest fan. Is he telling the truth? We go down to Mobile, Alabama to find out. And stay tuned after the press conference for hard-hitting commentary by the White House's very own, Bill O'Reilly.

I'll take me first question now., yes, Mr. Hannity?"

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Love the imagery...(what does one call sound effects imagery? Soundery? Another topic.)

Heard on NPR yesterday, and laughed for miles:

Tony Snow has accepted an Inter-departmental Transfer to the White House press room.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Nate said...

McClellan's briefings? This seems about right.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how Snow would job this?

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Snow called Bush "something of an embarrassment," a leader who has "lost control of the federal budget," the architect of a "listless domestic policy" and a man who has "a habit of singing from the political correctness hymnal."

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

What's the big deal? Russert who worked with Cuomo; Chris Matthews who worked for Tip O'Neill; and we all know where Stephanopoulos came from. I mean it's kind of hypcritical for the media to be attacking Tony Snow -- an inside the beltway policy wonk turned journalist/commentator, and one who is known to be extremely critical of the Bush White House. I think he wrote in the last year that Bush was an embarassment.

So who cares?

7:37 PM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

I don't think the media is attacking him much at all, Eric. Just me.

10:46 AM  

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