Today I’m mourning the death of my favorite journalist, conservative political commentator and former White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow. Tony died at about 2am Eastern on Saturday, July 12, 2008. You can read about his accomplishments at Wikipedia.
Besides his transparent genuineness, cheerful goodwill and thoughtful manner of communicating his ideas in defense of his conservative political ideals, as well as, for a time, in defense of the Bush administration, one of the things I really appreciated about him as a conservative commentator, was the fact that even though Tony Snow was a Roman Catholic and I’m a confessionally Reformed conservative evangelical, whenever he spoke on religious issues, he didn’t make me want to pull my hair out, as Rush Limbaugh (United Methodist) and D/FW local radio host, Mark Davis (Episcopalian–but don’t get me wrong, he’s an incredible radio personality in every other respect), often can. In fact, he originally made me suspect he may have been Reformed, before I learned better. He was informed on religious and theological issues in a way that seemed to surpass his peers in the secular news media. To read more on his personal faith, see evangelical columnist, Cal Thomas’ column, “The Tony Snow I Know,” and you may gain some insight in his recent Christianity Today article, “Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings.”
His intelligence and warmth in an often cold and stupid industry will be sorely missed. Thanks, Tony, for what you brought to politics and religion.