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'Dancing' up a political storm: Bristol Palin's feet have yet to meet defeat

As her daughter Bristol dances her way to the finale of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' amid a voting controversy, Sarah Palin has come under fire for being a too frequent guest on the broadcast. The Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes reports.

Green could have arranged for "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, or Disney star Kyle Massey (the other improbable survivor in this edition of the show, only no one's writing about him), to stand on stage with pop singer Brandy Norwood when Brandy got the hook one night after the judges gave her a perfect score for her tango.

(Scoring for this show is determined by a formula that gives equal weight to points awarded by the show's three professional judges, and votes cast by the public.)

Except, of course, having Bristol declared safe at the very last minute on Tuesday's broadcast created so much more drama -- and Green's crew was there to record the studio audience booing, while Brandy was left speechless and Grey's partner, Derek Hough, hitched up his jaw which had crashed to the floor.

"She's a 20-year-old-girl -- give her a break," Green complained in a phone interview two days after he orchestrated that bit of made-for-TV drama at Bristol's expense.

"That's my only sadness about it," he said, a bit too having-his-cake-and-eating-it-too-ily.

Green wants viewers to know the show's security system is weeding out all those votes being cast for Bristol overnight through bogus e-mail addresses.

"I'm confident we're able to spot if people are trying to game the system," he said Friday in response to commenters on the conservative blog, claiming they had figured out how to game ABC's online voting system by creating fake e-mail addresses. One person claimed to have voted for Bristol 300 times that way in just three hours.

"You would have to be a rather strange person to sit up all night doing that," Green said dismissively.

Friday, blogger Kevin DuJan wrote, "The real aim of Bristol's Pistols: to expose Democratic hypocrisy on voter fraud and ask why the media is so obsessed with the voting on a reality show but doesn't care about Leftist tampering with actual elections.

"The Left is angry whenever I teach conservatives the tricks the Left consistently employs against Republicans. . . . The media and the Left are engraged [sic] right now because 'Bristol's Pistols,' as they are calling us, have been creatively and energetically voting for her on a reality TV show. It's what I call 'Voting like a Democrat' . . . voting early . . . voting often . . . voting as cartoon characters . . . voting under aliases . . . ," DuJan wrote.

Also weighing in on the brouhaha late last week: Bristol's mom, Alaska governor turned Fox News Channel commentator turned reality TV star Sarah Palin.

"Ah yes. . . . Bristol-the-diva! Silly critics! See her diva-ish-ness Sunday, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' 2 learn truth, before assuming.Thanks & enjoy!" Sarah Palin tweeted Thursday afternoon.

In its unveiling, Sarah Palin's new TLC reality series had attracted that basic cable network's biggest series-debut audience ever - 5 million viewers. But that's a drop in the bucket compared to the 20-million-ish who have been watching this season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" in which her daughter is the star.

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