Bush spokesman Tony Snow dead

Tony Snow, best-known as a one-time White House spokesman for U.S. President George W. Bush and also a conservative editorialist, commentator and a host on a Fox cable show in the U.S., has died of cancer, age 53.

Excerpts from an Associated Press story in the Globe and Mail:

Said Bush, “It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work …His colleagues will cherish memories of his energetic personality and relentless good humour.”

On the other hand, reported AP, “critics suggested that Mr. Snow was turning the traditionally informational daily briefing into a personality-driven media event short on facts and long on confrontation. He was the first press secretary, by his own accounting, to travel the country raising money for Republican candidates.”

Snow was, whatever else one might say about him, an exemplar of today’s American political polarization.