On Tuesday evening, former Texas governor and death penalty enthusiast Rick Perry was eliminated in the third week of Dancing With the Stars 23rd season.

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As Perry discovered his own love of ballroom dance, we learned a lot too. We learned there are no depths to how low a politician can fall; that a dancing show will not judge you for the content of your character, but by the content of your paso doble; that a sprained ankle cannot keep Rick from competing against Vanilla Ice in a high-pressure face-off competition.

We’ll miss you, Rick, and look forward to seeing you back in the finale as an enthusiastic background shimmier.