The “Hard Choices” book tour drags on. Last night, author and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton walked onto the set of “The Colbert Report.” In what was presented as a surprise visit, she appeared just as Colbert was fake-denouncing various passages of “Hard Choices.” “This book is 656 pages of shameless name-dropping,” ripped the host, highlighting a sentence in which Clinton talks about hanging out with Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda.

After highlighting other such moments in the book, Colbert asked, “There is no way on earth one woman can be in so many places at once.” At that, Clinton walked onto the stage to great applause and chants of “Hillary!”

Once everything calmed down, Clinton and Colbert engaged in a name-dropping contest, the annoying transcript of which the Erik Wemple Blog will spare readers. They also ran through a make-believe “hard choice” scenario that Colbert posed to his guest; again, we’ll leave out the specifics. The segment ended with Colbert promoting Clinton’s book: “Buy ‘Hard Choices’ — available in bookstores everywhere there are still bookstores.”

Colbert runs a comedy show, so he carries no obligation to press Clinton with probing questions as he raises her stature with the precious audience of “The Colbert Report.” Yet the cheap jokes and the host’s fawning approach toward Clinton teamed up for an embarrassing display.