Stephen Colbert returned to The Late Show on Monday, feeling much better. The fact that Representative Jim Jordan won’t be Speaker of the House also boosted the comedian’s spirits.
Colbert was forced to cancel The Late Show last week after testing positive for COVID-19. He managed to get one episode off from home but chose to rest for the remainder of the week.
Things were back to normal on Monday night. Stephen Colbert’s monologue led with a health update as the host revealed he’s back on his feet. He credited his improved health to learning Jim Jordan wouldn’t be the next Speaker of the House.
“This is a historical humiliation for a man who will not be in the history books,” Colbert’s monologue stated. It comes not long after Colbert celebrated the “unprecedented humiliation” of Kevin McCarthy, the former Speaker of the House.
Stephen Colbert on the GOP moderates who ended Jim Jordan’s bid for Speaker of the House
Stephen Colbert’s monologue made it obvious that the Late Show host was thrilled by Jim Jordan’s latest failure. While the chaos in the House isn’t good for anyone, it’s at least providing Colbert with some entertainment.
Colbert appeared especially amused that GOP moderates ended Jim Jordan’s bid for Speaker of the House. Usually, Colbert covers how MAGA Republicans throw a wrench in the order of things. But don’t expect the late-night host to blame moderates. Instead, he reminded his audience of Jordan’s questionable record that should disqualify him from the position.
So what’s next for the House GOP? It’s back to the drawing board as nine new candidates emerged for the spot. In classic Colbert fashion, he introduced the group to his viewers but made up half the candidates without anyone noticing.
Everything points to another drawn-out process and in-fighting among Republicans. Let’s hope Colbert stays healthy to see it through to the end (whenever that will be).