Just two weeks after the tea party enjoyed big victories in the midterm elections, another telling indicator of the movement’s staying power is shimmying on the dance floor.
“Operation Bristol” proved an overwhelming success Tuesday night as Bristol Palin paso dobled her way into the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” aided by efforts by tea party groups to push her through. This week, she ousted four-time scoreboard leader Brandy Norwood from the contest.
Despite landing in the bottom two for seven of the nine weeks of competition so far, Palin has been able to muster enough voter support via social networks like Twitter to overcome consistently low judges’ scores.
In preparation for last week’s semi-finals, a tweet by conservative author Tammy Bruce read: “Operation Bristol waltzes in tonight! As #DWTS starts vote at abc.go.com Tweeps pls tweet phone info, will RT.”
Palin’s uncanny success has drawn skepticism from viewers who see it as a right-wing conspiracy to bolster publicity for her mother, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose reality show "Sarah Palin’s Alaska" premiered earlier this week and who has long been a presumed contender for the 2012 presidential election.
Bristol addressed the suspicions on the show last week, telling dance partner Mark Ballas that voters simply like her because she’s “relatable.”
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