With success comes imitators, as "The Colbert Report's" Stephen Colbert discovered Tuesday when he learned that his wildly-popular and financially-lucrative Super PAC had earned him the enmity of one politician (Nancy Pelosi) and the most sincere form of flattery from another (President Obama).
On Tuesday night, Colbert noted, "I have owned this story since last June when I formed Colbert Super PAC with one simple yet noble goal: To raise massive amounts of money. And I did it. ... Now it seems everyone is riding my wallet tails."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has released her own ad -- going after Colbert for his Super PAC as she tries to promote her DISCLOSE Act, which will require some measure of disclosure for election funds. Her PAC ad "attacks" Colbert for, among other things, his evident dislike for kittens. (Colbert then proved he loves Whiskers and "uh, Whiskers 2" by pulling them out from under his desk.)
But he appeared most pleased by President Obama's "180" turn on Super PACs; having found them dismaying before, the President's campaign committee has now begun soliciting donations to his own Super PAC. Apparently, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. "It's like how Lincoln won the civil war by buying a bunch of slaves," said Colbert, who then welcomed Obama to the dark side: "You are now 'Darth Bama.'"
Over at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," FOX News commentator and host of "The O'Reilly Factor" Bill O'Reilly sat down with Leno to share his thoughts on Whitney Houston (again) and the election. Leno got some applause when he admitted he only knew what presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was against, but not what he was for. "I don't understand this anti-gay thing. It doesn't make any sense to me," said Leno. "We're Americans; we should include everybody."
He asked O'Reilly if religion should play a big role in politics, and O'Reilly replied: "I think people should define their religion and why they believe what they believe if you're running for president ... but I don't think they should be saying my religion is better than yours."
David Letterman kept things light on "The Late Show" (and found a way to show doctored footage of Mitt Romney's dog begging to be let into the car) by noting that movies other than the new "King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came to Town" documentary have been made about the presidential hopeful. His "Top Ten Other Movies About Mitt Romney" included "Mitty Mitty Bang Bang," "The Mittrix," "Mittion: Impossible," Mr. Romney Doesn't Go to Washington," "Dog on a Hot Car Roof" (cue footage) and, at No. 1 ... "They're Just Not That Into You."