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Picklebacks and 'fun' with Santorum on late-night shows

It's on to New Hampshire for the GOP presidential hopefuls, and the late night shows are ready to go along for the ride.

Stephen Colbert was beside himself with amusement during Thursday night's "Colbert Report" upon hearing that "the most influential voice of the 19th century," conservative columnist George Will, is endorsing Rick Santorum. The journalist describes Santorum as the "fun" one of the bunch, and as Colbert points out, nobody knows fun like George Will. And, according to Colbert, Will is correct because Santorum is the pro-life of the party.

Over at the "Daily Show," Jon Stewart came to President Obama's defense for his decision to appoint Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Bureau. Stewart likens the president's actions to those of another man of extreme power -- Chuck Norris.

Then, on "The Late Show," David Letterman's Top 10 list was all about Newt Gingrich ... specifically, the Top 10 Signs He's Losing It. Among the reasons, changing his campaign slogan to "What Up Gingsta!" and making a cameo appearance in the newly released Casey Anthony video diary. At No. 1: Claiming he was born in Kenya.

Letterman also took a jab at former Sen. John McCain, saying we shouldn't really trust his endorsement of Mitt Romney. After all, he says, in the past McCain has thrown his support behind things such as The Clapper, Life Alert and most notably, Sarah Palin.

Jimmy Fallon invited msnbc's Rachel Maddow onto "Late Night," where the two talked about what she called "rocking out with your caucus out." Maddow made it quite clear she wants Santorum's momentum to see him to the finish line -- if only for the pure entertainment that a Santorum/Obama debate could be.

By the end of it, talking politics led them to a round of drinking. Maddow showed off her mixology skills by teaching Fallon how to make a Pickleback.

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