Bristol Palin on 'DWTS': Punishment for Losing Mom's Election?

Cary Fagan

bristolRecent Dancing With the Stars also-ran, comedian Margaret Cho, claims to have heard from solid sources that Sarah Palin pressured her eldest daughter Bristol to enter the competition.

But why? Apparently Mama Grizzly felt that the then-teen's unplanned and unmarried and unexpected and extremely un-immaculate conception killed her mom's chances at the vice presidency in 2008.


From Cho's blog:

Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the [2008] election, and so she told Bristol she "owed" it to her to do "DWTS" so that "America would fall in love with her again" and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way.

Now I believe that there are times when parents need to be creative in their punishments. Sometimes sending the misbehaving child to their room just isn't enough. A time out is just a time out ... and frankly they rarely work when the offending kid is a mom herself.

But forced reality show participation as penance? Mother Palin has clearly gone too far.

A promise of free babysitting for her little brother for one year would have and should have sufficed. How about just doing the dishes for a month? Or washing the car or mowing the lawn or raking the leaves ... ?

Nope. If what Cho claims is true, poor Bristol had no choice but to Cha Cha Cha her way back into her mother's good graces.

Do you think Bristol was compelled to appear on DWTS to help her boost mom's image?

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