Bloomberg’s D.C. Bureau Chief Job Allen joined me today to discuss the waterfront of political issues, chief among them the GOP field, and whether Ohio Governor John Kasich will be joining:
HH: It’s Hugh Hewitt with one of my favorite MSM’ers. Jon Allen is the DC bureau chief of Bloomberg, and once you’ve had a martini with a guy, you really can’t dislike him. And so we were together on the night that Eric Cantor got knocked off, and knocking a couple back with David Drucker across the street from the Heritage Foundation. I can’t ever be upset with him. But I’m wondering, Jon Allen, if you’re sharing the shock of other MSM’ers that the conservative media has breached the wall of the presidential debates today?
JA: I love it, Hugh.
JA: I think it’s great. I mean, you know, and not just because I’m on your radio show. I’m a fan of yours. You go far beneath the surface in your interviews, and I think you bring out a lot of great stuff from the people that come on your show. So I’m excited to see that in action. And I don’t see a downside. I’m not as un-enamored of the MSM as you call it, as you are, but…
HH: You know, you’re…
JA: There’s room for a lot of people on the stage. There’s a lot of room for a lot of people in the debate, and I think more and varied voices are good, and I think that somebody coming from a perspective of very pure interests in what these guys have to say about particularly the primary audiences is valuable.
HH: You know, your reporter, Dave Weigel, called me up today, and I had a great conversation with Dave, and that’s my point. The whole thing has changed. Everything has changed. And Bloomberg’s been rolling with that, and adding people left and right. But I wanted to ask you about something you tweeted out today. First of all, I have kept the tweet you sent this morning to Liz Smith – Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, no harm intended. And I’m going to save that for after I do my Red from That 70s Show, dumbass question, in the presidential debates. And I’m going to send that to you. But you were also talking about the VA secretary. And I honestly, I have no idea why you would write that both parties are invested in his survival. Would you explain that, because that caught my eye today.
JA: Yeah, so I think you’re talking about a guy who was very well-respected by Republicans when he came in. He’d been the CEO of Proctor and Gamble, somebody that they either knew or certainly respected his business acumen. He’s somebody who was not seen as your sort of typical cabinet pick in terms of being somebody that worked on the Obama campaign, or had been a donor, or worked in Democratic politics for a long time. This is somebody who came, you know, I think by all accounts, the business world. And that was something that I think appealed to them. On the Democratic side, obviously the President tapped this guy to be, to clean up the VA. And all he needs is another scandal over there. Now look, if it turns out that he said this one time, I think it’ll blow over. If it turns out that every time where was a Proctor and Gamble board meeting he regaled everyone with stories of being in Special Forces, which is a very specific thing within the Army, that’s another matter. But you know, if we don’t see anything else come out here, I just think there’s political support for him on both sides. Continue Reading