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Are Birthers High On DeLay's Dance Card?

Tom DeLay has announced that his dance partner on "Dancing With the Stars" will be Cheryl Burke, a two-time winner of the ABC show. Laser-focused on winning, the Hammer, as the disciplinarian former House majority leader was known in Congress, is already compiling a list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers through his Web site for an anticipated massive get-out-vote effort.

A source close to DeLay says the former Texas Republican congressman, who was forced to resign his leadership position -- and, ultimately, his seat in Congress -- in 2006 amid an ethics scandal, isn't plotting a political comeback. He's doing the show because "he just likes to dance," the source tells us.

But his strategy of winning is as political as anything and apparently involves rallying the base of his party.

On Wednesday night, DeLay appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball," where he embraced the birther movement's argument that President Obama is not a natural-born citizen as constitutionally required for the office of the presidency.

"I would like the president to produce his birth certificate,'' DeLay said in response to a question from Chris Matthews, openly addressing a thorny issue that his successors in the House GOP leadership have been silent on.

"Most illegal aliens here in America can.... Why can't the president produce a birth certificate?'' he asked.

DeLay doesn't mention the birther issue on his Web site or any place else. For now, he's staying focused on practicing for his debut on "Dancing With the Stars" next month.

He's dancing five hours a day, with cigar breaks in between, we're told.

On Twitter Wednesday night, DeLay wrote, "After two dance sessions I can tell you Cheryl Burke is the most patient person I have ever met."

While DeLay certainly has his cheerleaders -- lead among them his daughter, Dani DeLay Ferro -- he also has his detractors, especially online. When they tell the former majority leader to "break a leg" on stage, they aren't exactly wishing him luck.

"To @tomdelay: Break a leg. No, literally. I'd actually watch the show if he did that," tweeted Bruce Cough of Portland, Ore., under the name "Bodiegroup."

Another liberal foe named Ellie Carlson wrote, "Drop the Hammer! Send the Hammer to the Slammer!"

Twitterer Exurban Jon joked that C-SPAN should create its own reality show -- "So You Think You Can Redistrict?" -- a reference to DeLay's lopsided congressional redistricting plan in Texas to benefit Republicans.

Here's our original posting on the surprise announcement about DeLay's reemergence into the limelight via the disco ball.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 20, 2009; 2:37 PM ET
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What a sad nation we are when a disgraced congressman can get all this attention!

It's hard to understand how Mary Ann needs several days to come up with this garbage. Too bad she doesn't have the work ethic of someone like Cilizza!

Posted by: MikeK3 | August 20, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I care nothing about Tom Delay. I care if obummer is trustworthy and a natural-born citizen, which he isn't on either!

Obummer is just an America hating, Saudi King bowing, dictator loving, former cocaine addict, racist Kenyan usurper dirt-bag lying fraud Chicago thug!

Obummer is less trustworthy than the Joker! Nothing he says can be trusted.

Want to see some real lies? Watch this video. You’ll see obama lie like a dog in his very own words.

Obummer is a big liar!


Posted by: steveb777 | August 20, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Listen carefully, "steveb777": please, please slowly crawl back into the swamp and slither back under your rock before you hurt yourself. I would reccommend doing some swamp work and possibly get some of your "friends" to get involved in one of the Presidents programs, and that is advancing your education.

Posted by: allowme1 | August 21, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

steveb777 is not shy about expressing strange opinions:

"Obummer is just an America hating, Saudi King bowing, dictator loving, former cocaine addict, racist Kenyan usurper dirt-bag lying fraud Chicago thug!"

OK, Steve. We know what you think of President Obama. Although your post is hysterical screed, and I usually wouldn't bother, I note the odd criticism that Obama is too friendly or deferential to the Saudi King. I wonder where you were when Bush the Lesser was holding hands with Saudi Prince Abdullah, BEFORE he became King. Or, for that matter, when Bush gave orders to spirit Osama Bin Laden's relatives out of the U.S., and safely back to Saudi Arabia, when all other air traffic was grounded, after 9/11.

Curious. One is tempted to wonder if all Steve's sturm and drang, his whole hissy fit about Obama, is merely an artifact of Steve's own racist attitudes. Otherwise it makes little sense.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | August 21, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I predict that Cheryl Burke, who not only was part of the winning couple twice but has managed to land in the final a couple of times, most recently with two hunky foreign actors, will not make it to that lofty level this season.

Glad Karina didn't get stuck with DeLay. She seems to end up with the old ones.

Posted by: baltimoremom | August 21, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The Cockroach has crawled out of the woodwork!

Rumor has it he will be dancing to the tune of "La Cucaracha".

Posted by: apspa1 | August 21, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

And I thought DWTS was dredging the bottom feeders when they had Paul McCartneys ex on, but this takes the cake. I'd rather watch the black screen than watch that cheat. If he really had any honor he wouldn't subject to his visage again.

Posted by: alaskan2 | August 21, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

He ought to be dancing with his cell mate

Posted by: JRM2 | August 21, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny how rightous libs get when it comes to conservatives, yet how forgiving to their own. Should Al Gore be in jail for the "fundraiser" with Buddhist monks or Bill Clinton for taking Chinese donations? Did Hillary give back the donation that Bernie Madoff contributed?

Posted by: bmadden3 | August 22, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

What a sad day when a disbarred former President found guilty of lying under oath is still a hero in the media. At least Bill is an American citizen.

You do write an excellent comic show script, Mary Ann.

Posted by: dale32 | August 22, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Tom really blew or should i say blue state it! When he inadvertantly said to Chris Matthews "they took my gun permit away"
Why oh why did, THEY take his gun permit away Mary Ann, Could it be he is a convicted felon.???? Something to do with his trip to Guam and keeping the minimum wage low.
Matthews failed to play Hardball by not following up.

Posted by: scac1 | August 23, 2009 3:39 AM | Report abuse

There is a new video showing Obama's Kenyan birth cerificate on by a black American who said he will do more in future. The Messiah's birth certificate has his baby footprint and doctors name who delivered him with a 2009 stamp from Coast Provincial General Hospital. He hinted that since Kenyans are starving a few dollars to the military can unlock doors.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 24, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton’s disbarment ended in 2006 and he could apply for reinstatement any time. However, he is pretty busy with the Clinton Foundation to "strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence."

You see Bill is still in the business of trying to help people, and in a big way. Could that be why people still like him?

Now, what is it those old Republican presidents are busy doing? Either NOTHING or, HELPING THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS GET RICH, just like when they were in office.

Steveb777, mascmen7
Don’t you think it is time you got some new material? That issue is DEAD. If there is ANY doubt in your ever so little minds, please check out this link:

It even covers the forged Kenyan b.c.

Well, let’s see. Al Gore is working on ways to help the environment, and oh, yea, didn’t he win the Noble Peace Prize? Bill Clinton is, well see above. Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State. Tom DeLay is…..dancing with the stars.

And there is a big difference between taking a contribution from Bernie Madoff with no strings attached to taking a million dollars to change your vote on the International Monetary Fund bailout of the Russian economy.

The Chinese donations and the Buddhist Temple thing were investigated ad infinitum and nothing stuck to Gore or Clinton.

Posted by: biggerjake | August 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

At least you can't accuse Obama of holding hands with the Saudi king, like the king's girlfriend, George W. Bush.

You have to start asking yourself what's going on when the aliens probe their abductees; I think they're poking a little too high and causing brain damage.

Posted by: matthewjblack | August 24, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse, I mean Delay, is a dirty little bug....instead of "Dancing With the Stars"...maybe someone should "Hammer" it with a fly swatter, and send the squished mess into the trash-can where it belongs....

Posted by: gene6 | August 24, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

My, my, my. This is the THIRD article you've written in 3 weeks on "birthers." 'Me thinks thee protesteth too much.' I guess you have to wrap your columns in sensationalism to get people to read them. Delay has never been charged (much less prosecuted) for ANYTHING. As for 'birthers' ... I'll bite ...everything in the liberal/progressive/socialist/marxist communist (whatever you are calling yourselves today) playbook is "-er" today. So, go back and berate "the racers." Anyone who can critically think since the winter of 2008 are "racers" ... we nasty "racers" who won't give the current administration a chance are "racers." Ho hum! Weak cover for BH O'Carter's total incompetency.

Posted by: IQ168 | August 25, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Liberal DEMOCRATS have adapted BIRTHER politics and when someone comes up for appointment, they are demanding full documentation..from Birth certificates to transcripts and other credentials.

Give the hue and cry over Brunswick Maine's new Town Manager; Mr. Obama would even be able to get over the first hurdle were he appointed to the job.

As is often said, you should quietly shut the door or it's gonna slam on your cute butt!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | August 25, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

steveb666, maclikesmen, and Daleornodale:

Wow. Where to start ?

How about with Jon Stewart's line, "You LOST!!! It's SUPPOSED to taste like a taco."?

Seriously, how are you worse off than when Bush was trying to finish this country off ? Explain that, if you can.

Posted by: dennissuper | August 25, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Here is another liberal attempt to make "birthers" look stupid by comparing them to Tom DeLay and "Dancing With the Stars". Ms. Akers, there is only one reason Obama hasn't released his records and that is because he has something to hide. What else could possibly stop him?
Why don't you write about someone who deserves to be exposed, like Van Jones?

Posted by: gerrypooh | August 26, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has nothing to prove to you idiots of the extreme right wing. No one gets to be President of the U.S. if not totally qualified. You people are the slimy slugs of stupidity that republicans love to lie to. So try to prove you are patriotic or have any common sense at all. We who are patriotic and have common sense will continue to support our beloved President Obama as he undoes the harm of ignoramus nitwit Bush and devilish demonic Cheney.

Posted by: equalon | August 26, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

dance Mr Delay?

hows this one.."The last tango: Enron and Bush" by tom wheeler..
do you tango, at all? check out this article here:

Posted by: huj534op | August 26, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann, You have a fixation on "birthers". Thats all you've talked about this week. Could it be that you are a secret "birther" and want to keep the topic active?

Posted by: gerrypooh | August 27, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Special note to Steevebee- I don't have a long form birth certificate & I was born 20 yrs. before Obama; my daughter,about he same age as Obama doesn't have a long form birth certificate! Does that make us illegal aliens or residents of the moon? You can't handle the truth, but I will give it to you any way! Fact went to Hawaii & photographed his birth certificate, which is on file at their site! You probably don't know this,but they excoriate liars on both sides of the spectrum ! Get a life or stay in your own mud hole! NOBODY CARES!

Posted by: asclepious2 | August 27, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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