HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Hammer-tinis, Anyone?

Posted September 21, 2009 at 11:00am

Grab the popcorn: Monday night, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) makes his “Dancing With the Stars— debut. And if you want to watch it among a crowd sure to jeer his every shimmy, don’t forget the growling watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which will host a watch party at House-side bar Top of the Hill.

[IMGCAP(1)]On tap are “Hammer-tinis— and a special “Dirty DeLay— cocktail, CREW tells HOH. Melanie Sloan, the group’s executive director, tells us it’s CREW’s very first party in its six-year history.

“What were we going to do, have a party for the ‘Most Corrupt Members of Congress?’— she said, referring to a list the organization publishes. “This is more festive.—

And of the appeal of watching the Texas Republican gyrate and cha-cha-cha: “It’s like you’re almost embarrassed to watch but you can’t look away.—

Biden’s Blooper Reel. And speaking of twisting, Slate magazine recently launched a bookmark-worthy compilation of “Bidenisms,— the verbal gaffes of Vice President Joseph Biden.

The mag explains: “A statement becomes Bidenesque when his over-the-top attempts at folksiness fail. Unlike their distant cousins, Bushisms and Palinisms, Bidenisms generally stem more from arrogance or obliviousness than from difficulty with the English language or ignorance.—

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