HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Spin to the Right

Posted August 17, 2009 at 11:38am

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay certainly has a fat Rolodex, including a few folks who could help him with his new gig as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.—

[IMGCAP(1)]The Texas Republican, who’s no stranger to tough fights (he titled his autobiography “No Retreat, No Surrender—), will make his debut on Sept. 21 as part of the cast of ABC’s hit dance competition show.

DeLay will probably need plenty of help polishing his cha-cha-cha in preparation to face off against castmates, who include rocker-spawn Kelly Osbourne and former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin. HOH couldn’t help but imagine who might be on Delay’s call list:

• Sara Evans: DeLay called the Season 3 “Dancing— contestant and country singer a “good friend— and a “strong supporter of the Republican Party— in a 2006 e-mail urging viewers to support Evans over rival castmate Jerry Springer. DeLay might seek advice on avoiding scandal from Evans, who ultimately quit the show during a messy divorce.

• Rahm Emanuel: “The Hammer— and “Rahm-bo— now have something more in common than reputations as intra-party disciplinarians. Though they’re on opposite ends of the political spectrum, White House Chief of Staff Emanuel is a former ballet dancer who could help DeLay expand his repertoire beyond spinning to the right.

• Tucker Carlson: DeLay might want to seek out the conservative talking head for advice on his wardrobe, rather than his dancing prowess. Natty dresser Carlson also competed in the show’s third season, only to be the first booted off.

• Elizabeth Kucinich: As long as they don’t talk politics, DeLay could learn a thing or two from the wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who competed on a local version of the ABC show. The willowy redhead put up a good fight before being ousted — and her hubby frequently implored his Twitter followers to vote for her. Not that DeLay needs to learn about campaigning or whipping votes …

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