Five Moves DeLay Can't Bust Out on Dancing

Former majority leader can't fall back on political tricks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2009 11:31 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, April 4, 2006 file photo, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, leaves the Cannon House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – Tom DeLay had some clever moves to help him become majority leader—but his bag of tricks won’t help him much on the dance floor. In Newsweek, Katie Connolly lists a few techniques Dancing With the Stars fans won’t stand for. He can’t:

  • Redistrict to score more votes. That might have worked in Texas, but “Unfortunately for DeLay, this electorate isn't easily gerrymandered.”

  • Drop out to avoid losing. Sure, it worked when he faced a tough political battle in 2006, but it “doesn’t make for good reality TV.”
  • Party too hard. He used to drink “eight to 12 martinis a night,” said "Hot Tub Tom" in his biography—far too much for good dancing.
  • Liken kids to monkeys. He slammed the teaching of evolution, saying schools taught kids “that they are nothing but glorified apes.” The kids will be voting, so don't insult them.
  • Win by raising cash. He’s a great political fundraiser, but that won’t cut it on the floor.