This season of Dancing With The Stars hasn't premiered yet, but here at TPM we've been keenly following Tom DeLay's progress. Earlier this week we brought you some great photos of the former House majority leader rehearsing with his partner, dancer (and two-time DWTS champ) Cheryl Burke.
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So we thought we'd get Burke's thoughts on working with The Hammer.
"Tom is a gentleman and clearly devoted to his family," she told TPM in an email. "He's also a very interesting conversationalist."
Indeed! Like when he converses about, say, President Obama's birth certificate or that town hall where protesters "brought quadriplegics in on gurneys and dumped them on the floor in front of my podium."
"I think that so far Tom has been pretty much on par with the other celebs I've taught in terms of their learning abilities," Burke said. "Ballroom dance isn't easy and so far Tom has been really patient with himself, which is important to getting things accomplished. I think that for a 62- year-old man who hasn't danced in 20 years he's doing a great job."