Dancing with DeLay

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How far Tom Delay’s fallen. The former Majority Leader has been reduced to rallying his base on behalf of a contestant on the reality TV series “Dancing with the Stars.” Of late, Delay has launched a media campaign for country singer Sara Evans, who recently filed for divorce from her husband Craig Schelske, a former Republican candidate for Congress. Here’s what DeLay had to say about Evans in an email:

“Sara Evans has been a strong supporter of the Republican Party and represents good American values in the media. From singing at the 2004 Republican Convention to appearing with candidates in the last several election cycles, we have always been able to count on Sara for her support of the things we all believe in. Let’s show Sara that same support by watching and voting for her each week to help her win this competition. One of her opponents on the show is ultra liberal talk show host Jerry Springer. We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans.”

Talk show host and former Cincinnatti mayor, Jerry Springer, is another “Dancing with the Stars 3” contestant who announced in September that he would not run for Senate.

That’s right, the man once known as “The Hammer” has gone from ruling the House with an iron fist to letting Jerry Springer really have it.

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