When you can 't take the heat ... you call on someone else to take it for you.
By teresa simon-noble
Bush wants to sell to the American public his double bind (i.e., his, say one thing, mean another) "decisions ". Bush, The Decider, as he most recently has opted for calling himself, knows that his double speak is not only, not understood by the people, it is also not bought by a majority of the people. This man, who listens to no one except to himself, may have taken a look at his polls numbers which spell a dislike for, if not Bush himself, at least for his policies and maladministration. He is feeling the heat, or the cold, of a public which increasingly no longer believes in him, no longer thinks of him as the sweet talking guy he portrays himself to be and, and he is feeling the heat of criticism, or the cold indifference of a public which is beginning to say a feeble, "No ", to Bush.
So accustomed is Bush, to having Poppy step in for him and fix it whenever he is in trouble, that Bush triangles this situation by rushing out to his Poppy, or to Poppy's approved handlers, who, appoint Tony Snow to the job of making straight whatever crooked lines Bush and his inner chamber of distortions lay before the American people.
It will not be Bush throwing the punches (facing the press corps) at the White House press briefings. It will be Tony Snow throwing the punches (facing the press) on behalf of Bush. It will be Tony Snow the one standing up there on the podium saying something like, "bush said X, but he meant Y ". Tony Snow, a press retread from the days of ole Poppy, will make sure, just like ole Poppy does, that the truth stays inside the bush gate, while disinformation marches right out to the podium, the press corps, and the American public.
He will receive, on behalf of Bush, whatever heat, from a White House press corps more interested in keeping their jobs than in telling the truth.
Talk about a snug dude. Isn 't Bush one? He knows how to avoid facing the heat. If he can figure out where the heat between him and a second party (or group) is, he then calls in a third person to take the heat for him.
So the press in all their anxiety will be going after Tony Snow for a morsel of whatever degree of truth the press corps dares to face (not that they have seemed too interested in pursuing the truth since Bush 's illicit sitting of his derriere in the oval office), but to whatever degree any of them may be interested in finding out truth, it will be Tony Snow, not Bush, the one receiving the heat for the lies he tells to the questions they ask.
One could also think of this triangle as, "the lies, the truth, the speaker(s)".