Taking a Hit for the Team: Dancing with the Stars

I know what I’m about to say is far from original, but I suspect that 500 years from now, students will study the direct correlation between reality television and the complete annihilation of society as we know it.

That’s why it pains me to say that we may need to take one of the team and watch this season’s Dancing with the Stars.  Not just watch, actually, but vote, and vote strategically.

Progressives and lovers of human decency must do whatever we can to vote Tom Delay off the show as quickly as possible.

I don’t want this show to help him create stronger name recognition among likely voters in case he wants to run for office again.  I don’t want to have to look at him in red tiger-striped satin studded with rhinestones.  Frankly, those are equally awful scenarios to contemplate.

I’m not familiar with the show, so I’m going to put this out there, because someone who watches all the time may have a better idea of how we can best achieve our goal.  LBJ and ballot box 13 aside, rigging votes is really more of a GOP area of expertise.

Figuring out how to cause someone to get the fewest votes out of 16 teams is tough – maybe Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight or some other mathematical genius knows the answer.

If John Edwards hadn’t screwed up so badly in his personal life, perhaps we could have lobbied to have him join the cast.  Any adorable, light-on-their-feet progressives we can put forward as possible participants?  Any lawyers willing to research whether campaign finance law obligates Dancing with the Stars to provide equal time?

Who can help?  What shall we do?  Is there any way we can do something without having to watch the show?

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