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Tom DeLay is Crazier than Sarah Palin

Updated on October 7, 2009

Tom DeLay

After watching Tom DeLay's performance last night on Dancing With the Stars, one of the show's judges said "He's crazier than Sarah Palin." I don't know that I'd go quite that far, but it's a close call!

DeLay had an exterminating business in Texas before being elected to Congress in 1984 and was elected Speaker of the House in 2002 where quired the nickname "The Hammer." He started the K Street Project which put pressure on lobbying firms to hire only Republicans recommended by DeLay. DeLay but was criminally invited for conspiring to violate campaign finance laws and was forced to resign from the House of Representatives in 2005. Now he appears to be seeking a new career in the television entertainment field. YouTube would not allow me to post the video of DeLay's debut performance, but you can watch him by clicking on one of the links below.

From NY Daily News:

DeLay and Burke danced a cha-cha-cha to open the competition, performing to the Troggs' 1965 hit "Wild Thing."

The judges were left shocked by DeLay's hip-shaking moves - Tonioli proclaimed, "You're crazier than Sarah Palin!" - but were less-than-impressed with the actual dancing.

He was complimented on his "natural grace" and for being "light on his feet," but DeLay was only able to muster 16 points out of 30 from the three judges. Added to a last-place finish in the "relay" portion of the program, DeLay and Burke ended the first night of competition with a total of 20 points, leaving them vulnerable as the competition moves along.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      When I was running a non-profit division, Mr. DeLay's people had gone through phone directories and addressed fund-raising letters to non-profits and even residences as though they were commerical businesses & owners. Despite my protests, related faxes and phone calls popped up my company's main office and I was branded a "radical right-wing lunatic." My behaviors proved otherwise, but for 6 months I was up against both the DeLay people and my employers.

      Anyway, the dancing was kinda entertaining, though he reminds me of Bela Lugosi reduced to Plan 9 From Outer Space.

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Never mind the politics - isn't it odd that just anybody from any sphere of public life can be on a dancing show?

    • Sara Tonyn profile image

      Sara Tonyn 

      10 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

      "Palin, in my opinion was not remotely qualified intellectually, nor by her education or experience to be vice president, let alone president in the event McCain died in office. She proved that by numerous ignorant blunders during her campaign."

      You must be reading my mind, Ralph. :)

      Excellent hub, as always!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "Objectively Palin had more legislative experience than Obama?"

      Check your facts. Palin had zero legislative experience. She served as governor 2004-09. Previously, she served as mayor of a small town in Alaska.

      Obama served as a Senator in the Illinois legislator for 7 years, 1997-2004 and as a U.S. Senator for 4 years, 2004-07.

      Aside from his 10 years as a legislator, Obama taught Constitutional Law at University of Chicago Law School, one of the top five schools in the country. And as you probably know he was editor of the Harvard Law Review, a very high honor for law students. Palin's educational credentials are more modest.

      Palin, in my opinion was not remotely qualified intellectually, nor by her education or experience to be vice president, let alone president in the event McCain died in office. She proved that by numerous ignorant blunders during her campaign.

    • drcrischasse profile image

      Cristopher Chasse 

      10 years ago from Boston

      If Palin was not qualified to be President, what makes Obama qualified to be President? Objectively Palin had more legislative experience than Obama? Just a thought. Great columns, I enjoy them very much!!

    • mega1 profile image


      10 years ago

      DeLay, isn't he the one they were sayin awhile back seemed so much like Elvis, in that people were siting him all over the country doin all kinds of bizarro thing? And is he still alive anywhere? really? really? Give me a good catch phrase like Sarah had and maybe I'll run for office! hehe

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      Things Considered 

      10 years ago from North Georgia Foothills

      Sarah loves those closed door speeches.

      Interesting post, Ralph. Thanks for the laugh!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Gail Collins on DeLay and Palin in this morning's NY Times:

      A Tom DeLay Makeover


      Published: September 23, 2009

      Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, was ridiculed for doing the cha-cha on “Dancing With the Stars.” But you have to admit, DeLay’s decision to make a spectacle of himself on national television was a terrific game-changer.

      His performance did create the kind of uncomfortable feeling you experienced when your crusty Uncle Fred got drunk at your graduation party and tried to sing “My Way.” But I bet not a single person watching DeLay slide across the floor on his rhinestone-encrusted knees with that manic grin on his face was thinking: “Gee, I wonder how that money-laundering indictment is working out for him?”

      And look at Sarah Palin. Everybody thought that she was a desperately uninformed goofball whom the Republican Party might, nevertheless, someday nominate for president in an effort to cement its reputation as worst major American political organization since the Know-Nothings. Then this week she went off to Hong Kong and gave an 80-minute, closed-door speech to financial fund managers, for which she was paid an undisclosed but indisputably vast sum of money. The early reviews from people exiting the ballroom ranged from “well prepared” to “boring.”

      Given that she started the day as a celebrity whose deepest recorded thought was how only dead fish go with the flow, this was quite a triumph. If Palin can arrange to make all her future speeches in Asia, with no reporters present and tons of money falling out of the ceiling at every stop, I think she has a real shot at rehabilitation.

    • survivor49 profile image


      10 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I saw him dancing. OH MY GOD!!!! Horrible, just horrible LOL!!!!

    • kartika damon profile image

      kartika damon 

      10 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Perhaps he's going through a mid-life crisis? Or, maybe he is overcompensating for some kind of deep seated insecurity regarding body issues? Kartika

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      JD, I didn't know you're from Sugar Land. Delay made news when he appeared on Dancing With The Stars last night. His performance has been played over and over on every network tonight.

      There were plenty of reasons why lots of people didn't like DeLay in addition to the fact that he apparently didn't comply with the campaign finance laws. At least he was indicted. I'm not sure whether he was ever convicted.

      This Wikipedia entry explains why he was controversial. I imagine you're aware of most of this information.

    • J D Murrah profile image

      J D Murrah 

      10 years ago from Refugee from Shoreacres, Texas


      Perhaps you can enlighten me. Tom Delay was my Congressman. It always bothered me that money came in from out of the district and out of the State to try and oust him from office. What mattered was that he represented the views of his constituency. He was answerable to us rather than to the nation as a whole. I do not understand why it was a concern to other congressional district what my congressman was doing.

      In terms of "crazy" or "weird" behavior, there are plenty of other Congressmen that would fit the bill. In Texas we have colorful characters, such as Shiela Jackson Lee.I still don't understand why people would elect Ted Kennedy either, but that is their business. Even with Sheila Jackson Lee, she is the person who her district chooses to represent their views. Even though I may not agree with her, it is not my business. I often wished that the meddlesome folks in Austin and other locations would have minded their own business as to who the people of the district want to elect.

      My question is, 1-Why is it any one else's business what my Congressman does? and 2-Why did so many people hate Tom Delay?


    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Larry, I was merely recounting the comment made by a judge after he watched DeLay's performance. I don't hate Sarah Palin, "abjectly" or otherwise. I just think she was not remotely qualified to be nominated to run for vice president.

    • maven101 profile image


      10 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I agree that it takes a totally egotistical cretin to make an ass out of himself on a show I have never watched, but understand the attraction....Putting Sarah Palin in the same category however is quite revealing of your abject hatred of this woman...Larry


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