Stephen Colbert, to David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in character: “I don’t really watch the news so much. … I come in around 6:30 and then I just say the opposite of whatever Rachel Maddow said the night before. And I’m usually good.”
Dropping character, Colbert talked about the consequences of the election: “[T]here is a difference. I don’t know what the difference is, though. … I think there is a possibility that Obama would be, say, … a more aggressive reformer or changer … in the second act of his presidency. … I also don’t know how Mitt Romney would govern. He might govern as a technocrat. You know, that sort of seems to have been his career — as, like, the guy from Pepsi who comes in to run G.M. You know, he can’t tell us what he’s gonna do, ’cause he hasn’t seen the books yet.
“But we don’t know, because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate. And he also seems pretty sincere as a severe conservative. … That’s not a dig — it’s honest confusion. ‘Cause he’s got a good shot of winning. And if he does, I hope he’s a good president. And if Obama wins, I hope he keeps some of the promises he didn’t keep the first time. … But I know there’s gotta be a difference between these two men, or we’re all part of a huge cruel joke.”