WATCH: Stephen Colbert Shreds 'Dumb, Confusing' GOP Debate
Consensus across the ideological spectrum is that the GOP debate on CNBC was at best incompetent, and to the conspiracy-minded, an anti-GOP hitjob. While the answer is almost certainly the former, Republicans spent all day Thursday blaming CNBC—and the "liberal mainstream media"—for turning a routine debate into a muddled orgy of hostile questions and uninformed sniping. From the very beginning, CNBC seemed to be phoning it in, starting with the most cliche of job application questions, "What is your biggest weakness?"
"Yes, they opened with the one question," Colbert said, "that no one in human history has ever answered honestly. In fact, when I interviewed for [Late Show host], I said my biggest weakness is that sometimes I work so hard I forget to cash my paychecks."
Colbert then ran through the Republican candidates' goofy non-answers, honing in on Ted Cruz, whose non-answer sounded like something a serial killer would say. All in all, it was an awkward night. The candidates were on edge, the hosts were talking over themselves, and there was weird tension in the air. Trump, for his part, patted himself on the back for trimming the spectacle down from three and a half hours to two.
"Wooo, wooo!" Colbert cheered in response. "Trump, 2016. Donald, you saved us from another hour and half of that. You've earned my vote so long as you can bring the presidency down from four years to... you know, two hours feels about right."
Watch the clip below: