Michael Ubaldi, August 10, 2003.
Tony Snow and Brit Hume are currently interviewing Senator Joe Lieberman on Fox News Sunday. Lieberman was just responding to a question on the topic of rancor against Bush: Is it like the "Clinton-hatred" of the 1990s, asked Snow. Lieberman obliged with a foray into qualified rhetoric, accusing the Bush administration of downsizing government. Tony Snow interrupted, somewhat exasperated, to point out that Bush has increased the size and scope of federal programs more than every president "since Lyndon Johnson." He then asked Lieberman about spending and Oh yes, Lieberman swerved, Bush's tax cuts have diminished our ability to pay for larger government programs.
Draconian, spendthrift. Which is it, Joe?
ALSO: Bill Simon was Tony's first guest. Whenever a question about Arnold came up, he'd deliberately frame it as a matter of conviction and candor. Arnold has remained inoffensive and photogenic, skirting specific debate - for the first few days, inspiration and novelty have provided his momentum. With Simon unabashed about his conservative ideals in such a state as California, however, Arnold's abstracts won't sell for much longer - at least not for Republicans. We'll have to see when and how Arnold reveals his positions on the more unforgiving issues.