Republicans may have to come to terms with never seeing Eric Cantor asspeaker of the House, but the public will likely have to come to terms with never seeingCantor dancing the samba dressed in sequins.
According to what is described as “the most important petition of all in the history of petitions” on Change.org, a free online petition website, Cantor is failing to garner enough support to be included on next season’s cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” despite sound arguments in his favor by main petitioner Sara Benincasa.
“If Tom DeLay can do it, Eric Cantor can freaking rock this show,” Benincasa wrote. “Eric Cantor is a total babe who probably has sweet moves on the dance floor. He is a dreamboat and even if you don’t like his politics, you need to admit that the man’s got swag.”
Unfortunately for Benincasa and Cantor’s 89 supporters, the Internet isn’t a big fan of the congressman’s potential samba swag. Four days after being published, the petition is still 99,911 shy of the necessary 100,000 for the 51-year-old Republican “babe” to be the second House Majority Leader to shimmy into the spotlight.
According to Change.org, if Benincasa’s petition reached the specified signature benchmark, it could then be followed by “offline action” and presented to the appropriate decision makers at “Dancing With the Stars” who would then determine his fate on the small screen.
In 2010 former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, also channeled negative energy into interpretive dance when he competed with stress fractures in both feet before finally choosing to bow out.
“If you can’t practice you’ll make a fool of yourself out here,” DeLay said at the time of his concession.
Cantor has yet to respond to whether he would entertain the prospect of toppling DeLay as the best congressional dancer ever and seems to be sticking to the more traditional avenues of employment.
“I believe after almost 23 years in public service, 23 plus years in public service, that I can play a role and not just in elected office obviously but in the private sector,” Cantor told ABC’s Jon Karl on Sunday.