DeLay: 'I love' Dems troubles

By Andy Barr
|  Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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Tom DeLay on Dems: "I Love Their Arrogance"

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Tom DeLay is delighting in the Democratic party's struggle to pitch health care reform.

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Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Wednesday that he loves watching the White House and Democrats in Congress struggle to control the health care debate.

“I love their arrogance. They just keep digging the hole deeper and deeper and deeper,” DeLay said of Democratic leaders during an interview on conservative host Sean Hannity’s radio show.

“I love what the American people are doing to the Democrats,” he said in reference to the recent raucous town halls. “I’m sitting back and watching, and it’s just amazing.”

DeLay insisted that Republicans are winning the health care debate and urged GOP leaders to use momentum on the issue to make a broader appeal on conservative values.

“This is a great opportunity. You’re beating the Democrats. Shift gears, and go after them on your principles through the debate,” he said. “Republicans need to fight this on principles.”

Asked about the recent announcement that he'll be on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars,” DeLay revealed that he's been assigned to Cheryl Burke, who partnered with former NFL star Emmitt Smith to win the 2006 season.

“She’s very patient and very kind,” DeLay said of Burke.

The former House majority leader from Texas also said he expects that his dancing role will be much like his role in Congress.

“This is just like my time in the House,” he said. “I’ll count the votes, I’ll whip the votes, and she’ll do the dancing.”

“After what the Democrats have tried to do to me over the last 20 years? Those judges can’t touch me,” he quipped.

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