Stephen Colbert may have left his conservative blowhard alter ego behind with his Comedy Central show, but the brand-new, late-night host iteration of Colbert proved himself to be just as deft an interviewer on Tuesday night.
During his first performance hosting The Late Show on CBS, Colbert mixed his characteristic wryness with a more mainstream sensibility. (This is network television, after all.) And in his interview with presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Colbert was able to draw out a more substantive answer on differences between Bush and his ex-president brother than many actual journalists have been able to do.
Of course, there were silly questions, too. Colbert asked Bush why he insists on using an exclamation point in his "Jeb!" logo. "It connotes excitement," Bush said in a characteristic understatement. Colbert also asked Bush about when Barbara Bush said there have been enough Bushes in the White House. "It was a little embarrassing," he admitted, but insisted his mother was only joking.
"There is a nonzero chance that I would vote for you," Colbert admitted at one point. "You seem like a very reasonable guy who believes that governing is something that the government should do."