Will one of the former GOP hopefuls just go on "Dancing with the Stars" already?

First it was Herman Cain who turned down the most irresistible show on TV.

“He can’t dance in an eight-count. He can only dance in a nine-count,” Reichert said, referring to Cain’s famous 9-9-9 plan.

Now it’s Michele Bachmann.

“In full disclosure, I did win a polka dancing competition when I was in the tenth grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School in Anoka, Minn.,” Bachmann said in the statement. “But, despite my tenth grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ ”

Will one of the former GOP hopefuls just go on “Dancing with the Stars” already? Perhaps Rick Perry is available; those Texans can two-step! Ooh — or maybe ABC should think about poaching Ron Paul from the presidential race. His fans would flood the phones!

The Season 13 finale of “Dancing with the Stars” drew the top entertainment audience for any net on any night since last May; nearly 20 million viewers tuned in. It’s terrific publicity — even though the numbers have started to suggest NBC’s new show “The Voice” will give it a run for its money. Like so many network television shows, its “stars” often skew left — but its audience skews right. DWTS fans would love a former GOP hopeful — and would call in to the show in large numbers to propel him or her to the top. Just think how they rallied to the defense of Bristol Palin just because her mom ran for office!

Plus, a selfish confession: The presence of a former GOP candidate on the show would give me an excuse to watch it regularly, which I haven’t done in a few years. I’d like that. C’mon, former candidates: Show us what you got!

Incidentally, I wasn’t the only person to issue this plea: Over at Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Labrecque is urging ABC to draft Tim Pawlenty. The difference? I’m not joking; I really wanna see a GOPer on Season 14.

Exit question: Who do you most want to see on “Dancing with the Stars”? Megyn Kelly, maybe? Marco Rubio?

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