Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

Pony Blow must be off campaigning for Republikkkans while on the public dime again, astoday’s gaggle was handled by third-stringer Tony Fratto, seen below.

Who the fuck is Tony Fratto, you ask? Fratto is aformer lobbyist who went to work for the Bush Campaign in September of 2000. He also pulled a stint asRick Santorum’s press flack. He was made aDeputy Press Secretary at the White House in Septemeber of this year after holding a similar post in the Department of the Treasury.

Fratto had the Pony Blow Don’t Know™ schtick down pat today…

Q Tony, Boca Raton, I believe, is in Congressman Shaw’s district. Is he getting together with the President at the event or on the ground?

MR. FRATTO: I don’t have anything on that. I don’t know. I haven’t seen the guest list.

…but he proved to be a rank amateur at spin when pressed by the traveling press corps.

Q It’s been reported that in some of these meetings the President doesn’t want people to talk about the prospect of planning in the event that the Democrats take over Congress. Is that correct?

MR. FRATTO: I think the President has been very clear that he’s preparing for a Congress that has Republican leadership, and that’s the way we’ll continue to proceed. It’s the only way to proceed.

[snip]

Q You said that it’s the only way to proceed, to prepare for a Republican-controlled Congress. With such a close election, and with both parties recognizing how close it’s going to be, why not at least consider both alternatives?

MR. FRATTO: We’re still in the game, and — if you’re in the game, you’re in it to win.

Q But you don’t know the outcome of the game any more than I do, and —

MR. FRATTO: We feel confident about the outcome, and that’s the way we’re going to proceed.

Q Continuing the analogy, but government isn’t a game, and you are governing, and so your responsibility is to prepare for how to govern regardless of how it turns out. So it may be a game in the political sense, but it’s really not a game to Americans who want their government to be ready to do what needs to be done.

MR. FRATTO: He’ll be ready.

Q That means you’re preparing for the other outcome?

MR. FRATTO: We are ready. We are ready for — we’re ready for a — we’re ready to work with a Republican Congress. Nice try, Jennifer.

Q That would suggest not ready for a Democratic Congress.

MR. FRATTO: Questions? Anything else? Thank you.

Almost makes you long for the mannequin-like stylings of Dana Peroxide, doesn’t he?

3 thoughts on “Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

  1. Hmmm…just moments ago, I saw Mr. Blow standing on the White House lawn talking with MSNBC.

  2. I see three scenarios that might be working now: 1. The fix is definitely in for enough races to maintain a Republican majority in both houses. 2. If the Democrats win either or both houses, Bush just uses his vast authority as Commander in Chief to rule that Congress is irrelevant during times of war. 3. Bush and his gang are psychopaths.

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