Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly confab Day 2: Is 'Daily Show' host turning Republican?(Read article summary)
'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart appeared again with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. He sounded unusually Republican, but he's not quite ready to vote for one of the GOP presidential candidates.
Was Mr. Stewart playing to Mr. Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s Fox News audience? Was he overcome by the sheer brilliance of Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s rhetoric? Was he just being nice?
Under what circumstances would he bolt the Democratic Party?
â€śIf I didnâ€™t have a clear sense of the direction he wanted to move the country and somebody else had a more logical sense of where to take it,â€ť said Stewart.
Oâ€™Reilly inquired as to whether there are any current Republican presidential hopefuls that Stewart approves of. The â€śDaily Showâ€ť host replied that ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty â€śseems like a reasonable, logical individualâ€ť and that Mitt Romney â€śdidnâ€™t do terribly for Massachusettsâ€ť when he ran the Bay State.
Of course, Stewart also said that Mr. Romney looks like something you would pull out of a box labeled â€śPresidentâ€ť if you opened it, and that â€śweâ€™re both Mormons, so there you go.â€ť
(Thatâ€™s a joke, if you didnâ€™t know. Stewart was born Jewish.)
Things kind of got livelier from there â€“ Stewart described candidate Newt Gingrich as someone whose â€śhead is so large you imagine there are great ideas in there ... but it is so big theyâ€™re like free range ideas.â€ť When Oâ€™Reilly asked him what he thought of Sarah Palin, he said, â€śIâ€™m sorry. My ear piece just went out.â€ť If there is a candidate he would endorse now, it would be fellow Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert, said Stewart.
As for Donald Trump, â€śHe puts his name on everything he owns. The only other people that do that are 6-year-olds,â€ť said Stewart.
(Yes, Mr. Trump is not running, but will that stop us lamestreamers from talking about him? Actually, we believe the show was taped prior to Trumpâ€™s drop-out announcement.)
In the end, it was clear that Stewart is not turning Republican. As Oâ€™Reilly put it, Stewart in the past has criticized Obama â€śonly when he didnâ€™t do some far left thing you wanted.â€ť
â€śThis is just a treasure trove for you, this presidential race â€“ for you and your 18,000 writers,â€ť Oâ€™Reilly concluded.