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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 13, 2009 / 25 Tishrei 5770

Dancin' DeLay

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Come on — admit it. You've been watching. Secretly. Perhaps just a little bit embarrassed as you close the shades so the neighbors don't see what you're tuning in to as you settle in with your popcorn in front of the TV. It's all just too good to miss. Maybe you even TiVo it.


Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has been competing on season 9 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and not totally sucking at this thing, as so many had assumed and perhaps even hoped. In fact, he's charming, funny (on purpose, mostly and surprisingly), and seems to be having the time of his life. He's even — dare I say it — sorta graceful!


I guess there really is life after politics. It's also a relatively safe bet there are at least a handful of members of Congress who are a bit jealous.


After all, Tom DeLay looked to be having a heck of a lot more fun than most elected officials in Washington these days. There are likely a few who are angered he isn't living the gloomy post-congressional existence members dread may lie in their own futures with their glory days in Congress in the rearview mirror. In some ways, DeLay was putting his finger in the eye of the congressional life he left behind, and those still fanning the flames of his legal troubles.


But where many head to K Street or return home to their pre-congressional careers, Tom DeLay, a former exterminator, chose a pretty interesting gig for his next phase of life.


At age 62, DeLay is no spring chicken, but hardly ready to be put out to pasture, either, as he has proven to the world these past few weeks. Other men his age may have a few aches and pains to complain about, mostly the usual stuff that accompanies growing older. The Hammer, as he was known in Congress, now boasts an athlete's injury with a couple of stress fractures in his feet — the kind that often plagues runners, gymnasts and, yes, dancers. In a way, it's a badge of honor.


Unfortunately, the injuries have sidelined him, forcing him out of the competition, but with good luck and an even better agent, maybe into lucrative product endorsements.


On Monday night DeLay was rather politically incorrect after dancing his samba while facing the judges alongside his dance partner, Cheryl Burke. Given the opportunity to milk his injuries, as some contestants have done in the past with supreme drama, when asked how he was able to pull it off, how did he manage to do it, and how, by the way, was he feeling after a rigorous performance, which show producers and doctors advised against, he declined to take the bait. He simply said, "I'm fine." I guess he figured he would either win or lose this thing on merit and talent (or lack thereof), but not on pity. Not on your life. Not the Hammer. And I don't pity him. I kind of admire him.


If nothing else, Mr. DeLay's shimmies, wiggles and glides across the dance floor provide him with one of the more interesting Wikipedia entries of modern politicians, along with those other items. DeLay left Congress under a cloud. While not implicated personally, two of his staffers were convicted in the Jack Abramoff scandal. DeLay himself was charged with criminal violations of Texas campaign finance laws, plus money laundering. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, has yet to bring the case before a jury, more than four years after the indictments. DeLay pleaded not guilty, and one count on election law violations was dropped. Earle is not seeking reelection.


Tom DeLay has been productive since exiting Congress. He's written a book. He and his wife have been working on their Texas-based foster care center. And then there's that dancing.


With Tom DeLay now but a fading memory on "Dancing With the Stars," I've decided to root for the one whose smiling face graced my bedroom walls from dozens of Tiger Beat magazine photos when I was a young girl. In the end, I think I always knew my heart really still belonged to Donny Osmond. (Sorry, Tom.)


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:

09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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