Stephen Colbert kicked off Monday's Late Show with a pants-less homage to A Christmas Carol.
Yes, "it's Midterms Eve," Colbert said in his monologue. "Tomorrow is like Christmas, if Santa was going to leave you either some shiny new checks and balances or your stocking just has a lump of clean, beautiful coal."
"Of course, in America's ongoing bitter divorce, the big question is: Who's getting the House?" Colbert said. "Democrats need to flip 23 seats to win control, and they're feeling alarmingly confident." He ran through some ostensibly good news for Democrats — Nancy Pelosi's nerve-racking confidence, Nate Silver's odds, and CNN's polled huge lead for Democrats among women, though "Republicans aren't worried, because they have a history of not believing women," Colbert joked. He tried to prognosticate Tuesday's results but settled for bourbon.
Even President Trump conceded the possibility that Democrats could win the House, but he isn't worried, telling fans he'll "figure it out." No, Colbert said, "nothing you've said for the last two years makes sense — you don't figure anything out. You're the leader of the free world, and you can't figure out how to close an umbrella!" Trump has been working hard to save the Senate for Republicans, though, and Colbert looked a his rally Monday in Ohio, featuring an old-timey dig at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), an awkward compliment about daughter Ivanka, and a "really strange comment" about Kentucky. There are jokes about sex with fried chicken. Watch below. Peter Weber