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Bonnie Asks: Did Sarah Palin Force Bristol To Do 'DWTS' To Help Her Presidential Campaign?

Wed, December 1, 2010 6:18pm EDT by HL Intern 43 Comments

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Bristol’s former competitor Margaret Cho swears it’s true! She writes on her blog that Sarah blames Bristol for ruining her vice-presidential run by getting pregnant.

If Margaret Cho is right, that’s some mighty heavy guilt that Sarah Palin has packed onto her daughter. “The only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it,” Margaret writes. “Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly … for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she ‘owed’ it to her to do DWTS.”

We contacted Margaret and she reiterated to that her source on Bristol and Sarah is “solid.”

Now what was Sarah’s reason for “forcing” Bristol to do DWTS, according to Margaret ? She wanted “America to fall in love with her again” and to make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. Sarah believed, writes Margaret, that DWTS would transform Sarah from “supposedly being handicapped by the presence of her teen-mom daughter” to having Bristol become a wonderful “asset, a celebrity beloved for her dancing.”

If Margaret is correct, then Palin is truly more of an evil genius than even I thought. Evil, because laying that kind of an enormous burden of guilt on your child is unethical and inexcusable — especially when your child is already coping with young, single motherhood.

Genius, because it’s even more evidence of how brilliantly Sarah understands the power of pop culture to shape her public image.

While other potential Republican presidential candidates are dithering around with traditional politicking in backrooms, Sarah is playing right to the public with her hit reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and her bestselling books,  Going Rogue: An American Life and now America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.

Sarah knows she’s putting on a highly flattering, free-for-the-Palins commercial for her presidential candidacy every time the show airs. This week’s episode garnered 3.5 million viewers, up from last week’s episode.

Then having “Bristol the Pistol,” her daughter with two left feet, pull at our heartstrings all the way to the DWTS finale added multi-millions of dollars more of free (and positive) Palin publicity to the potential 2012 Presidential run.

When Sarah and Todd Palin sat front row to cheer on Bristol, they didn’t have to say a word about their strong family values. The video clips were worth thousands of words.

It’s genius. Evil genius in action. Especially because Sarah has made a point of having a full episode about mother-daughter/Sarah-Bristol bonding on her show. The Sarah Palin’s Alaska version of girls bonding was no mani/pedi outing – it was  a tough outdoorsy Alaskan expedition –  fishing and gutting halibut together.

According to Margaret, Sarah’s really been pulling a different kind of gutting on her own daughter. Now Margaret says she’s worried she’ll wake up to a “decapitated moose head on my bed.”

I guess Bristol was terrified of that too!

— Bonnie Fuller