Sarah Palin blames Bristol for losing the election in 2008, according to Bristol's Dancing With the Stars co-star Margaret Cho. Cho--who calls Bristol "a friend" who's "warm," "incredibly supportive," and "beautiful"--says that the former Alaska governor forced her daughter to go on the dance contest show in order to rehab her public image.
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).
[H/T Kyle Buchanan]