QUICK TAKES

Tom DeLay's venture into the hard-knock world of reality television has begun. The former House majority leader began rehearsals for "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday morning, tweeting jocularly that he hoped his dance partner wasn't Nancy Pelosi.

During an appearance on "Good Morning America," the onetime congressional power broker said there was one simple reason he decided to participate in the ABC dance competition: "I love dancing. Ya gotta love dancing if you're from Texas."

"This is going to be so fun and so crazy," DeLay added, telling Chris Cuomo on "GMA": "Conservatives can have fun too!"

-- Matea Gold

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