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Tea party politicizing Dancing With the Stars?

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Bristol Palin is one of the four finalists on “Dancing With the Stars,” the No. 1 rated show in the country, a fact that has bedeviled some fans and critics.

The 20-year-old daughter of the former governor of Alaska has consistently earned low scores from the show’s on-camera judges, but those scores are combined, a la “American Idol,” with the contestant’s call-in vote, where Miss Palin is a juggernaut.

The show’s producers think tea party voters who back Sarah Palin have turned “Dancing With the Stars” into a referendum on the power of grass roots political muscle.

In one episode, the younger Palin wore a tea party t-shirt during rehearsals.

“There’s a strong popular movement behind Sarah Palin at the moment and she’s receiving a lot of support from the Tea Party,” said Conrad Green, executive producer of the program. “It’s entirely possible some of those people are behind Bristol for political reasons.”


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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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