Late Night: Stephen Colbert predicts Iowa caucus winner

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Stephen Colbert and his late-night cohorts were back on the air Tuesday night, just in time for the Iowa caucuses. Going into yesterday’s vote, Iowa voters had yet to settle on a favorite candidate, leaving the pundit class in a state of frenzied, semi-desperate speculation. But Colbert, for one, would not be cowed.

‘I am still committed to making a definitive call on this race based on little or no evidence,’ he defiantly announced on his show Tuesday night, taped a few hours before the caucus results began to trickle in.

Inspired by Paul the Octopus, who accurately predicted many of the winners in the 2010 World Cup tournament before his death later that year (‘Our thoughts and lemon wedges are with him,’ Colbert joked), the host enlisted his very own psychic invertebrate, Megyn Shelly, ‘the ‘Colbert Report’s’ official prognosticating snail.’

Here’s how it worked: Megyn was placed in a scale model of a Republican debate, where each candidate stood behind a podium carved from fresh cucumber.


So did Megan pick eventual winner, Mitt Romney? You’ll have to watch to find out.

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