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Dancing With the Stars: Shock and Awe in the Ballroom (Free Republic blamed)
The Toronto Star ^ | Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | Debra Yeo

Posted on 11/17/2010 7:19:48 AM PST by kristinn

The Internet's been buzzing with talk about how members of the U.S. Tea Party movement have been getting out the vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars.

The blog Jezebel had a post about it today, complete with quotes from conservative message boards about how Bristol's supporters were exploiting ABC's email voting system to cast multiple ballots for Sarah Palin's daughter.

Jezebel quoted one site, FreeRepublic.com, that urged its members to "make liberal heads explode" by voting for Bristol, "even though she is not the best dancer."

Well, my liberal head is kind of exploding right now because Bristol made the finals on DWTS at the expense of a far superior dancer, Brandy.

And if Bristol thinks she made it just on the quality of her dancing, that's about as believable as seeing Russia from her mother's house. Even if her presence in the final three isn't part of some right-wing voting conspiracy, Bristol's appeal to viewers isn't strictly about skill on the dancefloor.

Maybe it's her youth, what Len Goodman called her vulnerability or the fact she's not typical Hollywood, which is the argument she herself made on Monday's show. And there's no denying she's come a long way since Week 1, given that she had no previous dance experience.

But in my opinion, the three best dancers aren't in the finale and I'm bummed about that.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bristolpalin; callawaaambulance; cheeseandwhine; dancecontest; dancing; dancingwiththestars; dwts; freeping; freepthispoll; freerepublic; frinthenews; liberalism; mentaldisorder; pds
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1 posted on 11/17/2010 7:19:53 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
This liberal’s head never exploded when pranksters deliberately sought to keep bad singers in American Idols’ later rounds.
2 posted on 11/17/2010 7:21:26 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: kristinn

Waaaah. LOL.

It’s the power of the American voter, baby! Suck it up, Bristol’s a favorite on a “POPULARITY CONTEST” dance show—kind of like how “Survivor” isn’t really about SURVIVAL, but about “popularity” of a personality! :-)

Go, Bristol the Pistol!! All the way to the WIN!!! :-)


3 posted on 11/17/2010 7:22:57 AM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: kristinn
that's about as believable as seeing Russia from her mother's house.

Well now we know that facts and intelligence are not Debra Yeo's strong suit.

And DWTS has ALWAYS been a popularity contest.

4 posted on 11/17/2010 7:23:13 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: kristinn

Bristol is not a very good dancer.


5 posted on 11/17/2010 7:23:28 AM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: kristinn
Jezebel quoted one site, FreeRepublic.com, that urged its members to "make liberal heads explode" by voting for Bristol, "even though she is not the best dancer."

A look at the past 20 years' Grammy winners for "best spoken word" album read like a who's who of liberalism. AS IF they had all recorded THE BEST spoken word albums. Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton...

Remember when comedians and poets used to win such an award?

6 posted on 11/17/2010 7:23:46 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Paved Paradise
Bristol is not a very good dancer.

Barack Obama is not a very good president.

Which harms more Americans?

7 posted on 11/17/2010 7:24:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: kristinn

Don’t the homo’s do the same with American idol everytime there is a queer they like on that show? Does anybody complain?


8 posted on 11/17/2010 7:24:31 AM PST by Grunthor (affirmative action doesn't work at the polls)
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To: kristinn

LOL.

Get ready liberals.

2012 is right around the corner.


9 posted on 11/17/2010 7:24:35 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (McCarthy Was Right)
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To: a fool in paradise
that's about as believable as seeing Russia from her mother's house

Bad journalist: Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her house, it was Tina Fey.

10 posted on 11/17/2010 7:25:04 AM PST by BRITinUSA
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To: kristinn

I must admit I wasnt too wild about this whole Bristol on Dancing With The Stars thing but now my opinion is doing a 180


11 posted on 11/17/2010 7:25:13 AM PST by Franklin Wright (I'd rather be a Tea Bag than a "D" Bag)
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To: kristinn
1) The voting algorithm aims at making this (in part) a popularity contest and (in part) a talent contest. Deal with it.
2) It's a ratings bonanza. The show is loving this outcome.
12 posted on 11/17/2010 7:25:13 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Paved Paradise

...and Obama is not a very good president.

It’s all about the popularity. LOL.


13 posted on 11/17/2010 7:25:23 AM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: kristinn
OH too bad, it's a dancing competition, not a vote for a National Election!!!

Let's talk instead about VOTER FRAUD in Nevada this past election!!!!

Oops, that would shut them up, now wouldn't it????

14 posted on 11/17/2010 7:25:53 AM PST by blondee123 (REPEAL OBAMACARE, NO NEW TAXES, NO NEW SPENDING!)
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To: a fool in paradise

GMTA! I posted before I read your comment, :-)


15 posted on 11/17/2010 7:26:06 AM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: kristinn

Awwwww. Just another butthurt liberal whining.


16 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:04 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Not under the influence of Hope-nosis.)
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To: kristinn

DWTS is a pure Voting Democracy in action, apparently the “real” fans who are upset would rather have DWTS as a Republic with checks and balances and all that ‘nonsense’.

Teaching moment?


17 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:04 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: kristinn

“”Jezebel quoted one site, FreeRepublic.com, that urged its members to “make liberal heads explode” by voting for Bristol, “even though she is not the best dancer.” “

Well, my liberal head is kind of exploding right now because Bristol made the finals on DWTS at the expense of a far superior dancer, Brandy.”

WAY TO GO FREEPERS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Now how do we make EVERY OTHER LIBERALS head explode?


18 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:20 AM PST by ConservativeChris
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To: kristinn

Damn! I meant to watch DWTS, but I had to rearrange my sock drawer.


19 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:20 AM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: kristinn

Sore losers all sound the same. Whine whine whine


20 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:32 AM PST by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: kristinn

We now live in a world where Politics is part of entertainment. Geeez, who would ever think of abusing the ballot to make a contestant win? Only the Tea Party of course. s/.


21 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:54 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: kristinn

There is a strong movement afoot to discredit Sarah Palin AND make Free Republic look like a cheap gossip blog.

And that movement is headed by and supported by FReepers who literally post thousands of posts each week about Dancing with the Stars.

It’s FReeping embarrassing. And Jim Rob should stop it.


22 posted on 11/17/2010 7:28:13 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Paved Paradise
Bristol is not a very good dancer

If it were really about who was the best dancer, they wouldn't be letting the public vote.

23 posted on 11/17/2010 7:28:24 AM PST by T Minus Four (Duh. We were talking about in the old days or not-so-distant old days)
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To: pillut48

Go, Bristol the Pistol!! All the way to the WIN!!! :-)

YES! Woooohooooo - make ALL their heads explode, Bristol. The world will be a much better place. Go Bristol Go!


24 posted on 11/17/2010 7:29:14 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Paved Paradise
Bristol is not a very good dancer.

And this matters because...?

I understand the background for your comment: true movement conservatives (a group supposedly the main constituent population of FR) would support the best, regardless of other considerations not directly bearing on the problem. But, TV is a wasteland which should be accorded the respect and defence it deserves: exactly none. Anything one can do to display the emptiness, moral vacuity, philosophical nihilism (when any kind of intellectual consistency is even approached) and general dumbed-down blather of TV is for me a real plus.

So, you go, Bristol!

25 posted on 11/17/2010 7:29:41 AM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

George Bush tried the “remain dignified” approach.

It didn’t work.

IMHO this is exactly how to deal with the left.


26 posted on 11/17/2010 7:29:41 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (McCarthy Was Right)
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To: kristinn

This is obviously false since we ALL know the TP Movement is nothing but a few weirdos living in the mountains who cling to their guns and Bibles.


27 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:14 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: kristinn
The Internet's been buzzing with talk about how members of the U.S. Tea Party movement have been getting out the vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars.

So? Thousands of drag queens and queers kept voting for Prince Poppycock on America's Got Talent. Whatcha point, bub?

28 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:27 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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To: kristinn

I wish the voting was not part of the show. Seems to make it more of a popularity contest rather than a display of mastering a skill.


29 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:35 AM PST by Jenny Taylor
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To: kristinn
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each won an Emmy Award for "Best Spoken Word Performance", for their wooden readings of their horrible books. Michael Moore and Al Gore won Best Documentary Oscars for their overtly liberal and largely fictional movies.

Bristol Palin, OTOH, has been subjected to the most humiliating, over-the-top media attacks ever launched at any American teenager. If the left didn't insist on demonizing her and her mother and her baby and her brother from day 1, she would be as obscure today as Geraldine Ferraro's kids.
30 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:43 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: kristinn

Unfortunately Brandy lost because of her partner, Max. He’s a total a$$hole.


31 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:52 AM PST by griswold3 (Employment is off-shored, away from govt. regulations, price pressure groups, and liabilities.)
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To: kristinn
I've never watched the show but if voting for SP’s daughter makes liberal’s heads explode I will be sure to do this... as often as possible.
32 posted on 11/17/2010 7:30:52 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy (Gen 15:16 The iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network; freekitty; flat; unkus; 70th Division

I hope RATs and RINOs enjoyed Bristol’s win last night as much as I did. Just another message sent to Elitists from We The People.

I hope Pelosi and Zero were watching.


33 posted on 11/17/2010 7:31:14 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: kristinn

I watch the show and my votes went for Kurt Warner loved him as a football player and he is an example of a good Christian husband and father. After Kurt was voted off I was going to vote for Jennifer Grey but all I heard was people blasting Bristol and conservatives so I decided to vote for Bristol. She is a young shy young lady who is NOT in politics and has worked hard to get even close to those who are in show business and use to performing in public in some manner. It was great to see her blossom into a woman with more confidence in learning how to perform in public. I applaud all of the people involved for their hard work but it’s about the scores of the judges and the people’s favorite clear and simple. For those who do not like the judging change the channel!These same people who whine like babies, people it’s a TV show, are the same people still crying when Bush won the Presidency. Max, Brandy’s dance teacher and partner said people having a vote was one of the reasons he and his family wanted to come to this country!!! But the left doesn’t want anybody but themselves to have a voice, they reek of Marxism and being POOR LOSERS!


34 posted on 11/17/2010 7:31:25 AM PST by red irish (Gods Children in the womb are to be loved too!)
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To: kristinn

I suppose next they will accuse us of influencing the elections on November 2. Oh, wait...


35 posted on 11/17/2010 7:31:41 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I can see 2012 from my front door. LOL


36 posted on 11/17/2010 7:31:46 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: All

Guys, Im not sure she wants to win. SHe is not her mother, I think she is tired and a little overwhelmed by all of this. If you saw the show last night she was very sad for Brandy. A couple of shows ago she was crying saying she was tired and missed Tripp. I hope we are doing the best thing for her keeping her in.

On another note, she did sign up for this.

Torn, I guess. lol. Guess Im in the mushy middle (Oh NO)


37 posted on 11/17/2010 7:32:02 AM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: kristinn

As always, the liberals have their priorities straight...Dancing with the Stars, plastic bags, third hand smoke, myth-made global warming. They always tackle the most pressing issues of the day.


38 posted on 11/17/2010 7:32:13 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

IMHO this is exactly how to deal with the left.

_______________________________________

Really? You think Sarah Palin should “go Hollywood” and get her name and face plastered in all the gossip rags?

Suuurre. That’s very Presidential.


39 posted on 11/17/2010 7:32:22 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: BRITinUSA

“Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her house, it was Tina Fey.”

Tina Fey can see Russia from her house where does Tina live ?


40 posted on 11/17/2010 7:32:47 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: kristinn

I don’t watch this show and I’m not sure why this bothers me as much as it does. I disapprove of Palin supporters voting for her daughter simply for political reasons.

I remember the chapter about the left’s fanatical orthodoxy and intent to politicize every single aspect of human life in Bork’s Slouching Towards Gomorrah.

Anyone doing this, please read this wise man’s words if you get a moment and rethink postion please. I mean no disrespect. The libtards drive me crazy too.


41 posted on 11/17/2010 7:33:23 AM PST by The Toll
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To: Responsibility2nd

Are you grumpy today? Need more sleep?


42 posted on 11/17/2010 7:33:58 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Remember when comedians and poets used to win such an award?

Even beyond comedians and poets, there are professional audio book narrators who pour their heart and soul into their craft, bringing 1,000 page books to vivid life, using different voices for dozens of different characters, and injecting real drama into subject material which might otherwise be rather dull and dry. If there are going to be awards for them, they deserve recognition.
43 posted on 11/17/2010 7:34:01 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: kristinn

It’s not just Free Republic voting. She’s got the Vote For the Worst folks voting too!


44 posted on 11/17/2010 7:34:32 AM PST by CajunConservative (0, we'll stop treating you like a dog, when you stop treating us like a hydrant.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Thank you. The reason the left “owns” hollywood is because the right never dares to crash their party. Too bad, so sad.


45 posted on 11/17/2010 7:34:47 AM PST by justsaynomore ("We the people are still in charge of this country!" - Herman Cain)
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To: beaversmom

Don’t forget the evils of Happy Meals and Circumcision!


46 posted on 11/17/2010 7:34:53 AM PST by The Toll
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To: Responsibility2nd

Example?


47 posted on 11/17/2010 7:35:09 AM PST by GOP_Harley_Guy
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To: kristinn

Wait until she or her soldier brother show up on the new show Skating with the Stars.

Liberal Heds will really explode.


48 posted on 11/17/2010 7:35:24 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: kristinn

“But in my opinion, the three best dancers aren’t in the finale and I’m bummed about that.”

That is the bottom line. And Rick Fox was better so was Kurt Warner - others were too but my memory is no match for so many contestants and the length of the season.

It’s embarrassing to see Bristol still there because of her last name. Brandi and Maks were awesome, but I will concede that Brandi isn’t that likable. Too much diva with Maks early on.

As for viewers in cahoots to support Bristol, uh, duh, the viewer votes have been a popularity contest for as long as there has been a DWTS. Tom said last night that they had the most votes ever the night before. To the producers that translates into ratings, But still these are the finals now, the producers could have dropped whoever they wanted. How would we have known?


49 posted on 11/17/2010 7:36:06 AM PST by Let's Roll (Stop ACORN destroying America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Don’t you have a sock drawer to arrange?


50 posted on 11/17/2010 7:36:06 AM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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