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Stephen Colbert mocks Mitt Romney's dinner with Donald Trump

Technically Incorrect: What else are late-night hosts to do but muse on the new administration?

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President-elect Donald Trump dined with Mitt Romney at a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York.

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It's the morning after the morning after several mornings after.

America -- and, indeed, the whole world -- is still coming to terms with a new administration, a new way of doing things and a new definition of swamp-draining.

What is a late-night host to do? After all, most were rather open about their disdain for President-elect Donald Trump.

Do they just keep going? Do they hope that now it'll make a difference? Well, yes.

In the case of Stephen Colbert and James Corden, they're reaching for the ironies like kids stealing apples from the neighbor's tree.

Colbert, in his Wednesday monologue on "The Late Show," couldn't help chuckle at Mitt Romney suddenly agreeing to have dinner with Trump. (A popular Twitter meme, that dinner.) In March, the former Republican presidential nominee had called Trump a fraud and a phony.

Colbert reserved his full sniffing, though, for Trump's tweeting.

The president-elect's recent tweet that claiming he won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," came under Colbert's withering scrutiny. As did Trump's tweeted suggestion that flag-burners should face jail or a loss of citizenship.

"Those aren't equivalent things," joked Colbert. "That's like your dad saying, 'Johnny you took the car without permission, so you're either grounded for a month or you're castrated. You choose.'"

On "The Late Late Show," Corden started with the Trump-Romney dinner. He immediately drifted to Romney tweeting in October that "Trump's degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world."

There followed predictable jokes about Romney's dinner including an eating of words and a swallowing of pride, dignity and self-esteem.

He even went for a Trump Christmas ornament that's for sale on the Trump website for $149.

"It makes sense for Trump to sell a Christmas ornament because, in keeping with the theme of his campaign, it's another thing that Jews and Muslims can't participate in," he said.

It's hard, though, for late-night hosts to break through on the topic of Trump. His level of bombast is such that any amount of mockery seems like a mere puff of smoke after your house has burned down. Indeed, as of this writing, neither video has garnered even 150,000 YouTube views.

Are people paralyzed with fear or merely tired of the noise? Comedy writers are going to have to work that out.

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