You know, I had pretty high hopes for Tony Snow as Press Secretary. I think he is pretty much a straight shooter and comes across as quite genuine.
This was a particularly bad way to try to put across a point, I think. I see what he's trying to say, but I honestly think this was, well, stupid. Because it will get reported exactly as it did in the linked article. And it will not play well in Peoria. At all.
The White House on Friday said a Senate bill that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants is analogous to a traffic law that allows a speeder to pay a fine and continue driving.
"If you had a traffic ticket and you paid it, you're not forever a speeder, are you?" White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said in response to questions from The Examiner.
"So the fact is, you have paid your debt to society," he added. "And we have come up with a way to make sure that the debt to society gets paid. Then you move forward."
I honestly think the White House missed a huge opportunity. All they had to do is support a fence and pretty much all the rest could have been worked out. Now they have set up an enormous battle in the House and I am not sure they can – or should – win it. Phrasing it as a traffic ticket really will not sit well with a lot of people, either. Rather than listen to a lot of media-sponsored polls (which I think have been skewing samples lately) I tend to look more at Rasmussen polls, which have proved pretty reliable over time. Bush has a problem right now. He did not get a bounce from his support for the Senate bill. I think this doesn't bode well for the conference bill. I think the inept "traffic ticket" analogy really may have been the final straw.
Update: Freedom Folks runs the numbers. The Moderate Voice says it great for the talk radio folks. If The Anchoress thinks the analogy was poor, you really blew it, Tony. Andrew Sullivan really, really didn't like it. Tammy Bruce really, really, really didn't. Six Meat Buffet isn't exactly complimentary, either. I think I called this one right since I can't find any support out there for it.