Stephen Colbert: Michele Bachmann bought the Ames Straw Poll [VIDEO]

Stephen Colbert approves of Bachmann buying the Ames Straw Poll.

Stephen Colbert approves of Bachmann buying the Ames Straw Poll.

Michele Bachmann's dominant showing at the Ames Straw Poll is a great achievement -- unless you think about how she did it.

Bachmann bought 6,000 straw poll tickets, which cost $30 each, and handed them out to supporters. She also used a Randy Travis concert, which allowed only Bachmann voters, as a further incentive to lure ticket holders to the polls. Democracy!

Even with all that, Stephen Colbert thinks her vote total of 4,823 is still pretty great.

"Bachmann," Colbert said, "got a commanding 80 percent of the votes she paid for. That's pretty impressive."
Colbert also wished a fond farewell to Tim Pawlenty, which is probably genuine on some level: Colbert will miss the chance to make fun of the former governor, who'd been a pretty reliable target.

Colbert harkened back to the "epicness" of Pawlenty's first commercial: "So much grandeuer! So much stock footage!"

Pawlenty should've gone out the same way he came in, according to Colbert. Colbert's team took Pawlenty's downbeat announcement that he was withdrawing from the race and made it the new voiceover to the flash-cut scenes of American success.

Colbert even offered up a new slogan for T-Paw: "Pawlenty 2012: It Was Disappointing."

"Of course," Colbert said, "now that Pawlenty's out, the big question is whether Bachmann or [Rick] Perry will get his supporter."