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The former GOP front-runner seemed to enjoy the spotlight, so it comes as some surprise that he rebuffed ABC when it offered to let him cha-cha among other B-list (and below) celebrities on "Dancing With the Stars." Apparently he does not have moves like Jagger and/or Tom DeLay.

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As if schlocky TV and American politics weren't harrowingly similar enough already, this week brings the word that onetime tea party Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell of Delaware got the invite to join the prancing cohort of celebs on the next "Dancing With the Stars."

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Forgive us this unabashed descent into mass culture, but our long national nightmare is over. Bristol Palin, despite some critics' allegations of tea party favoritism, did not win on "Dancing With the Stars." That honor (if it is one) goes to "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, because nobody puts Baby in a corner.

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She's been one of America's most prominent teen moms, she's a member of a growing Alaskan dynasty and, like her mom, Bristol Palin has now become a celebreality star on that dancing show lots of people watch Here, she returns to (continued).

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As "The Daily Show" recounts, some conservatives, at least the type who attended last weekend's Values Voter Summit, officially have an issue with homosexuality (paging former Miss California Carrie Prejean). So Jon Stewart finds former GOP ringleader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay's sassy cha-cha number on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" a bit puzzling.

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What's up with erstwhile Republican congressional powerhouse Tom DeLay deciding to hoof it on "Dancing With the Stars" afore a national audience? Some of his GOP buds are perplexed by this unorthodox career maneuver, but as DeLay himself points out, politicians tend to love the spotlight.

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