After stumbling through another lack luster performance on “Dancing With The Stars” last Monday, viewers were surprised that although she has consistently scored lowest in the competition, Bristol Palin survived to dance for yet another week.
Bristol struggled through the “Instant Dance” as she tried very hard to stay alert and connected to the music. Many believe that Bristol, the 20-year old daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is being kept alive on the show because of her mother’s avid and loyal Tea Party following.
“There’s a strong popular movement behind Sarah Palin at the moment and she’s receiving a lot of support from the Tea Party,” Conrad Green, executive producer of the program, said recently. “It’s entirely possible some of those people are behind Bristol for political reasons.”
The notion that tea partiers would support a candidate for reasons other than that candidate’s qualifications and proven ability to perform is not surprising. We watched Christine O’Donnell’s campaign for Joe Biden’s old seat in Delaware last month. The tea party threw their support behind O’Donnell amid allegations of campaign fraud, theft of services, and unpardonable blunders from Christine herself. Many Republicans believe that O’Donnell and 2 other tea party-backed candidates upset the Republican establishment in the primary and then fell short in the general election costing the party three Senate seats, which may have been enough to bring them to a 50-50 tie with Democrats.
The tea party should stay out of DWTS. They should focus more on smaller government, fiscal responsibility, free markets and the other principles they espouse and not try to influence the outcome of a dance contest which others are working hard to win. The person who takes home the mirror ball should be the best dancer, the one who worked the hardest and performed the best. Brandy and Jennifer Gray outperform Bristol week after week. The tea party should hang up the phones to the voting lines and starting vetting their candidates for 2012.