Keeping in mind the source of this information is second-hand hearsay via Margaret Cho’s blog, which is probably still more reliable than the Britney Spears recording going around, Bristol Palin was apparently forced to do Dancing With The Stars to make up for costing Sarah Palin the 2008 election by getting pregnant:
I heard from someone who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really) that the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the 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. Instead of being supposedly “handicapped” by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an “asset” – a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on this (but who knows anything really).
Although I don’t agree with the family’s politics at all, I really like Bristol as a person. She’s warm and incredibly supportive, and I think that she looks beautiful out on the dance floor. …. But keep in mind there are other forces at work here and it’s not just for the love of dance.
Again, I don’t really put a lot of stock in this story considering I actually subjected myself to Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue” where she essentially blamed every single person in the McCain campaign but herself for blowing the election. However, should it end up being true, she needs to be put against a wall and shot for making these photos happen. And, trust me, I’d say the same thing about Obama because I stand before you today as a man, no, an American, who denounces terrorism in all of its forms. 9/11!