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Dancing with the DeLay

September 22, 2009

delay1A little cha cha cha, a little singing of “Wild Thing”, some shaking of the booty, a leopard-trimmed dance outfit, et voila! — a new career for former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ?

The bug exterminator turned political powerhouse — known as “The Hammer” for his hardball tactics — took to the ballroom in the ninth season of “Dancing with the Stars” with two-time champion and professional dancer Cheryl Burke.

And while Burke warned in rehearsal that “Tom is very conservative, so a lot of hip shaking is not up his alley,” the audience got to see a fair amount of that too. Watch the video here.

Good humored and surprisingly light on his feet, as one shocked judge said, DeLay and Burke received a score of 16 points out of 30. Another judge said: “Parts were magic, parts were tragic,” to which DeLay turned around and, again, shook his tail feather.

“I got bigger critics than those judges,” said the former congressman whose Washington career hit the skids in 2005 when he was indicted in Texas on campaign finance charges. Although he pleaded not guilty, he dropped out of his re-election bid in 2006.

Tuesday night we’ll see how DeLay fared with the people, when viewers’ votes are announced. More than 17 million viewers tuned in to see the season premiere, making it the most watched show on prime-time TV Monday night.

Photo credit: Adam Larkey/ABC.


why is he dancing???


I feel so bad for Cheryl! She deserves better! I think she and Kym are by far the best female dancers on DWTS. Even my two favorite male dancers, Maks and Tony, are paired up with girls who are probably not going very far in the competition.


That ABC will even feature this guy is kind of sick. He’s the man who put the kibosh on legislation regarding the sweatshop industry in the Northern Mariana Islands…including workers who are forced to have abortions. He knew what was going on and deliberately sought to short-circuit people who wanted to put a stop to it. And now he’s a dancing TV celebrity. Only in America.

Posted by Thomas Veil | Report as abusive

Knew the libs would trash the show and celebrity due to your political views.We feel the same way about the druggies, total lack of ethics and decency byyou libs including ex convicts. However, we reminded ourselves that this isa dance show, not a popularity or political show. Can you look at it fairly?

Posted by jean | Report as abusive

Why in the world would you put this idiot on your show??????????

Posted by Pirate Biker | Report as abusive

I haven’t watched the show but a few clips here and there however I personally think that having Delay on the show was an attempt to bring out the base… Every Lobbyist in town was watching “The Hammer”…. btw, I knew the Repuks would trash the viewers due to their political views…… :p

Posted by ken | Report as abusive

I almost didn’t watch my favorite show when I read that that sickening man was going to be on, here’s hopeing he’ll be voted off soon. Just his smile alone turns my stomach

Posted by Mrs. De Lay | Report as abusive

This is a dance show, not a political show. If we can put up with the football “stars”, and rap idiots on the show, you can put up with the single one Republican on the show…and just enjoy the show. Don’t vote if you don’t like him. I watched when some guy called mast P wouldn’t even honor the show by wearing the right shoes. I watched when heather Mills danced and I have 0 respect for her. Get a grip and try not to make this into something it is not.

Posted by taffie | Report as abusive

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