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BRISTOL PALIN — A TEA PARTY DARLING?

November 16, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

A growing political controversy has hit ABC’s top-rated Dancing with the Stars as Bristol Palin, who has received some of the sharpest criticism from the show’s judges, continues to receive some of the highest scores from the public. A report appearing today (Tuesday) on ABC News’s website asks, “Is the Tea Party stuffing the ballot box?” and quotes TV Guide senior critic Matt Roush as saying, “There are people on the political blogs who are saying vote for Bristol as part of your allegiance to the Palin brand.” Indeed, one conservative website, Hillbuzz.org, posted the DWTS voting number (1-800-868-3407) and urged readers to vote for Palin “as much as possible during the show and then vote for her the maximum number of times online at www.ABC.com.” But host Tom Bergeron, who “proudly” acknowledges being “a liberal Democrat,” told Movieline.com, that his response to the charge that the Tea Party is inflating the vote for Palin “is similar to my response to the midterm elections. I’ll say, ‘OK, right. So who did you vote for instead of Bristol?’ ‘Uh, well, I don’t vote!’ ‘Well, then, f**k you.’ … I have no patience for that! If you don’t participate to create a different outcome — and this can be true in national politics or a TV reality show — then don’t piss and moan if you don’t like the way it’s playing out.” Meanwhile, Monday’s edition of the show averaged 20.56 million viewers, with 22 million tuning in during the 9:00 p.m. half-hour.