While many people watched former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) cut a rug on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" for fun, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) used DeLay's dance to campaign against its Republican foes.
The DGA created a web video entitled "Dancing with Tom DeLay," which is designed to "stop the GOP's new scheme to redistrict their party back to power."
The ad references DeLay's role in the controversial 2003 Texas redistricting process during which the ex-congressman actively encouraged the state legislature to redraw district lines to maintain a Republican majority in the state legislature.
"Tom DeLay is showing the country his dance moves. But we know he's been two-stepping for years with his dance partner, Ms. Gerry Mandering," says the subtitles.
DGA Executive Director Nathan Daschle, the son of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.C.), tweeted a link to the video:
some people are too decent to make a joke of last night's DWTS. fortunately, those people do not work at dga.
If Republicans win key governorships by 2010, the DGA claims that they could use their resdistricting powers to gerrymander Republican-friendly congressional districts and take back the House of Representatives.
Conspicuously absent from the ad? The competitive 2009 Virginia governor's race.
"What will be Tom and Gerry's next move? The Minnesota Macarena? The Jersey Jitterbug? The Colorado Can-Can? The Wisconsin Waltz? The California Chicken Dance? The Tennessee Twist? The Pennsylvania Pop-and-Lock?"
Here is "Dacing with DeLay:"
Cross-posted to the Briefing Room