While on his break, Stephen Colbert observed the failure of the American Health Care Act, and seems to have enjoyed the experience mightily — so much in fact that he felt the urge to share his elation as soon as he returned to air. The Late Show celebration opens with a short animated portrayal of the Republicans’ legislative suicide, and continues with actual ads from right-wing organizations praising Republicans in Congress for what they had failed to do — which ran over the weekend, after the bill died.
As for Trump’s excuses after the fact — such as his claim that he didn’t promise to repeal and replace “within 64 days” — Colbert displays video of candidate Trump repeatedly vowing that he would “immediately…immediately…immediately” repeal and replace Obamacare, sometimes mentioning his “first day in office.” He features a bizarre Fox News clip of “Judge Jeanine” Pirro, spitting blame on Speaker Paul Ryan — and much more.
It’s almost time to stop gloating and get back to work. Almost.