Tony Snow, the first White House press secretary to deliver campaign fund-raising speeches, will go on the 2007 Republican circuit making speeches at Lincoln Day dinners.
Snow never had delivered a political speech prior to the 2006 campaign, but proved one of the most attractive Republican speakers in the country. He gave his speeches without a written text.
A former newspaper editor, columnist and radio-television commentator, Snow was a speechwriter and policy aide to President George H.W. Bush in 1991-92.
The loss Tuesday of the 30th Republican House seat, representing a U.S.-Mexican border district in Texas, marked another political failure of hard-line immigration policies.Immigration was not the central issue when Democratic former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez upset seven-term Rep. Henry Bonilla, a rare Latino Republican in Congress. Bonilla, who supported a border fence while Rodriguez did not, lost border counties he previously had carried. He won Maverick County, 95 percent Hispanic, with 59 percent in 2004 but lost it with just 14 percent Tuesday.
A footnote: Six-term Rep. J.D. Hayworth lost in Arizona after stressing immigration. Randy Graf lost an Arizona border district where he made immigration his major issue. Six-term Rep. John Hostettler, chairman of a House immigration subcommittee, lost his Indiana district despite stressing his opponent's softness on the issue.