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Stephen Colbert's bittersweet 'Hunger Games' farewell to Cruz, Kasich

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A tribute to the fallen.

The Late Show; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

When candidates fall, tributes soar.

In Stephen Colbert's case, these tributes take the form of a "Hunger Games" goodbye. Or, as he calls it, the "Hungry For Power Games" goodbye.

The "Late Show" host dons his Caesar Flickerman garb, raises a glass of champagne and offers a beautiful eulogy.

This time it was Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich who were in Colbert's thoughts.

For Kasich, there weren't too many thoughts actually.

There had been one victory in Ohio -- the state he governs. Then he was gone, like an actor who has another movie to shoot somewhere in another country.

But what of the "half-kissed Frog Prince," Ted Cruz?

Colbert wasn't kind to him. He brought out some of the most critical comments that had been offered by Cruz's fellow Republicans.

He was even less kind to Cruz's so-called running mate, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina.

She lasted, he said, "less than a full Shark Week." Yes, this had been six days on the job and then she was swallowed by history.

But then a pink-coiffed Donald Trump joins him in paying tribute to the fallen.

Sometimes, though, not even tributes -- including humorous ones -- can offer sufficient perspective on this tortured time in American history.

Especially as now, with the likely Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump matchup, the real Hunger Games have only just begun.