A curious conspiracy theory has arisen among the legions of Sarah Palin haters. It seems that there is a shadowy cabal of Tea Party activists who keep voting for Bristol Palin in a plot to keep her in the running on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Before proceeding, the author stipulates that he has not seen “Dancing with the Stars” or “American Idol” or any of the other performance/reality shows that seem to infest the air ways. While he thinks well of Sarah Palin and thinks she might make a good president of the United States, whether Bristol Palin wins on “Dancing with the Stars” will not affect his life or happiness one way or the other. Indeed, if, in eight or 10 years, Sasha or Mala Obama appear on “Dancing with the Stars,” the author will greet the news with studied indifference.
Still, the fact that there are people who have brought their politics into a show about people dancing is of interest. There are people who invest quite a lot over who wins on a performance arts show, much like some people do over whether which sports team wins a football or baseball game. So it is understandable for some folks to be upset if they think someone is goosing the vote from home.
One is tempted to suggest one is shocked, shocked that fans of some performer or another are banding together to support their favorite by voting for them on, say, “Dancing with the Stars.” It is not as if it hasn’t happened before.
In the case of Bristol Palin, the idea is difficult to prove. There are no messages being moved across cyberspace, even on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page, to vote for Bristol. There is also a question of motives. The conspiracy theory suggests that there is a plot to vote Bristol Palin into winning “Dancing with the Stars” in order to enhance her mother’s political prospects. How that will happen is left to the imagination.
There are alternate explanations. Perhaps a lot of people just like the cut of Bristol Palin’s jib as she cuts the rug, as it were, and don’t very much care who her mother is. Perhaps many of the people voting are fans of her dance partner, who the author is well informed is a star of something called “Jersey Shore.”
Again, the author confesses a total lack of ability to judge someone’s dancing; he himself does not dance.
In any case, it would seem that, in a world of economic turmoil, wars and rumors of wars, political rancor, and all the rest, who wins or who does not win a dance competition should be pretty low on one’s lists of concerns. If Bristol Palin wins “Dancing with the Stars,” it does not automatically mean that her mom will be the next president, as delicious an idea as that is.
Source: Dumb new “scandal”: Tea partiers are rigging “Dancing with the Stars” for Bristol Palin or something, Allahpundit, Hot Air, November 16th, 2010