Columnist, talk host and former Bush spokesman Tony Snow has succumbed to the colon cancer that has plagued him for the past few years. He was only 53.

Snow seemed like one of those guys you already knew, even if you didn’t know him. He was “cool conservative.” Good sense of humor, a guitar player, upbeat even when downbeat and an optimist for the future of America.

You just know that between Russert and Snow, God is getting peppered with some pretty tough questions right about now.

Rest in peace, Mr. Snow. You’ll be missed.

Update: The AP just can’t help but take a swing at a conservative who just died:

With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook — if not always a command of the facts — he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.

Classy. When all is said and done though, being accused of not always having a command of the facts by an Associated Press writer is like Joe Hazelwood calling you a lousy boat skipper, and as such doesn’t really qualify as an effective insult.

(Note: Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the hat tip on the AP’s classy tribute to Tony)

Update II: Newsbusters has a little more on the AP’s Snow job. And can somebody please tell some of the folks at the Daily Kos to keep it down… the grave dancing is getting a little loud and annoying.

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