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DWTS: Where A Politician's Dignity Goes To Die

by Countable | 9.29.17

This week was the premiere of the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). We here at Countable were disappointed that there are no politicians or political pundits in the cast this season. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) may be able to quickstep his way through political debates on Twitter, but does he have two left feet on the dance floor? Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has recently been learning how to make French desserts. Maybe the Viennese waltz is next?

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DWTS, in all its sequined glory, is a platform to expand your profile or revive it, but ballroom dancing is also hard work. Anyone who signs up to be a celebrity on the show gets props for putting themselves out there, but you have to wonder, did they not understand about the hard work part? Or the having rhythm and wearing sequins part?

Tucker Carlson

In 2006, The Fox News host – who worked at MSNBC at the time – was the first political figure to throw his dance shoes, such as they were, into the ring on DWTS. At that point he was still touting his resume as a war correspondent, rather than a Fox News attack dog. Carlson was eliminated after one episode in Season 3.

Perhaps judge Bruno Tonioli's take down left Carlson with the desire to show he could be a strong lead while still sitting in a chair?

Jerry Springer

Season 3 also saw a surprisingly long run by shock show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer. He claimed he signed up to learn the waltz for his daughter's wedding. He knows you can just take dance lessons privately, right?

In an interview after his run Springer said he lasted so long (seven episodes!) because people wanted to hurt him. Jerry, if you like signing up for people to hurt you there are professionals who can take care of that for you. There's usually leather involved, though. Maybe you like the sequins?

Bristol Palin

Fame by association certainly got Bristol Palin on the cast for season 15, and kept her from being eliminated until the finale as far as anyone could tell. She did shake the sequins for all she was worth, though.

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And as her mother, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, quoted her saying, "Doesn't matter what I do. I'm going to get criticized anyway. So I might as well dance."

Geraldo Rivera & Tavis Smiley

Talk show hosts and political pundits Rivera and Smiley both did short stints on DWTS, in seasons 22 and 19, respectively. But they took the costuming to a whole other level. Rivera did a send up of then-candidate Donald Trump that burns my eyes, but also makes me weirdly fascinated about what a Trump stint on DWTS would look like.

And now you can't get that image out of your head. Sorry.

Smiley only made it through two episodes on DWTS, but he did manage to remind us all both why disco died and the fashion faux-pas of an Afro wig. Witness his Afro-Cha-Cha!

Rick Perry

Former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry graced — ahem — the DWTS dance floor in Season 23, which took place last year. This pretty much sums it up:

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Perry also claimed he signed up to learn how to dance for his daughter's wedding. If Rick Perry was your dad, would you want this for your father-daughter dance?

Tom DeLay

Former Republican House Speaker Tom "The Hammer" DeLay attempted to revive his profile in Season 9 following his fall from grace due to a campaign finance scandal. He started a dance campaign website, Dancing With DeLay, and everything.

Sadly (or not, depending on your perspective), he was not able to sashay his way into the winner's circle. His politically themed samba, however, wins for most horrifying use of the GOP elephant ever.

What do you think, CountaDancers? Politicians are masters at raising money, but what political figures do you want to see shake their moneymakers on the DWTS dance floor?

Tell us in the comments what you think, and then share this post to spread the love of sequin and spectacle as far as it can-can go!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Disney/ABC Television / Creative Commons)

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  • Sheryl
    09/23/2017
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    As Oprah would say, "So what, who cares!" Our nation has SO MUCH MORE to worry about then dancing politicians!

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  • Susan
    09/22/2017
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    This show long ago lost any claim to the word 'star' in its title.

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  • Pat
    09/22/2017
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    Doesn't he still have a seat in the Senate with a job to do?

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  • S
    09/24/2017
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    It's good for a "good grief" and then hysterical laughter. Rick Perry's "dancing" should be broadcast any time he makes a stupid decision with the line "stupid is as stupid does." 🤡

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  • NoHedges
    09/23/2017
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    They are already dead. That is why our leaders are soulless creatures, lacking even the pretense of humanity.

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  • Mike
    09/22/2017
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    It's always fun watching the majority of those "Stars" make asses of themselves, Geraldo comes to mind.

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  • Christine
    09/23/2017
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    Seriously! DWTS on Countable? STOP slacking!

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  • Rob
    09/25/2017
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    Don't watch it anymore.

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  • Laura
    09/23/2017
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    Really? This is where B-rated celebrities go to dance, but no one watches. Stop marketing such nonsense!

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  • Mark
    09/23/2017
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    We have enough reality stars in politics. Stay on your own side of the fence and take what you do seriously. We Do!

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  • Alonzo
    09/23/2017
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    I think this is fantastic. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to realize the politicians are actually completely normal people with vulnerabilities and incompetencies just like everybody else. That might cause us to switch our puritanical preoccupations to more reality based values. And actually just about any topic is a great topic for countable, for all the gloomy gusses out there who just don’t want to talk about anything that they can’t climb on a soapbox over.

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  • Patricia
    09/23/2017
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    I don't think DWTS is a topic that belongs on Countable.

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