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It was big news to me.
Not that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had withdrawn from the Republican presidential race, but that he was in it in the first place.
There seem to be so many candidates. They’re shuffled on and off the major league stage and soon forgotten when they’re sent back to the minors.
“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has a tradition for those who find life in the majors too much and decide to quit the presidential race. He offers them a “Hunger Games” farewell. More specifically, a “Hungry For Power Games” farewell.
On Wednesday night’s show, Colbert committed himself fully to his task. (Disclosure: CNET News is published by CBS Interactive, a unit of CBS.)
“Politics is a blood sport,” he said, while dressed as “Hunger Games” character Caesar Flickerman. “It’s like ‘The Hunger Games.'”
“The Hunger Games” series is set in the ruins of North America where every year the Capitol forces 24 children to participate in a televised fight to the death. The final film in the series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” premieres in the US on Friday.
“Citizens, a valiant campaign warrior has gone to that great pancake breakfast in the sky,” said Colbert in his most hungry and powerful tones.
He found footage of Jindal in 2013 declaring that Republicans must stop making offensive and bizarre comments. How can it be then, wondered Colbert, that “offensive and bizarre are in first and second place” in the current polls? Businessman Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson lead the pack of Republican presidential candidates in the latest polls.
Colbert spared Jindal not at all. One can’t help thinking that Colbert laments what politics has come to if these are the best candidates. Some on the Democratic side have similar thoughts, though they might be too naturally nice and politically correct to articulate them.
In “The Hunger Games,” the fallen are brave. Can the same be said of the egos who run for president?
And who would be the Katniss Everdeen of politics? If only there was one.