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Paige Albiniak: American Women Can Relate to Sarah and Bristol Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 15, 2010

Paige Albiniak at the New York Post wrote a very nice article about the appeal of Sarah and Bristol Palin and why American women can relate to them:

Sarah and Bristol: American women can relate

By PAIGE ALBINIAK

Last Updated: 8:01 AM, November 14, 2010
Posted: 7:53 PM, November 13, 2010

Sarah wasn’t the first Palin to take on prime time — that honor goes to her oldest daughter, Bristol, who’s been a strong contender this season on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Neither Sarah nor Bristol are new to the TV spotlight. Sarah, 46, was a TV sportscaster in her 20s, after coming in third in the 1984 Miss Alaska competition. She’s now a regular contributor and analyst with Fox News. Last summer, Bristol made a cameo on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

Asked what’s behind the Palin appeal, producers of both “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and “Dancing with the Stars” say Americans can relate to these women.

Sarah and Bristol on the set of “Dancing With The Stars.” “The first time I met her, I went up to her house in Wasilla to sit down with her and Todd and talk about the show,” says Nancy Daniels, TLC’s senior vice president of production and development. “Sarah was a gracious host. She put out caribou sausage and all sorts of little Alaskan treats for us. She’s well-spoken, charming and she tells it like it is.”

As for Bristol, “Dancing with the Stars”’ executive producer Conrad Green says everyone had heard of her, but no one really knew her.

“We sometimes try to put people on the show who have quite a high profile but whom we don’t really know,” Green says. “Our show allows viewers to get to know people in a way they otherwise wouldn’t.”

Bristol also has been progressing steadily, and “Dancing” fans respond to that, Green says. “Bristol is quite a pretty dancer. People have had better scores than Bristol but the audience chose to keep her. Progress gets rewarded from day one, and she’s on a very interesting path at the moment.”

She also shows up from time to time on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” which shows audiences the Palin family home and many breathtaking landscapes.

“It was something Sarah really wanted to,” says Daniels. “She really wanted the chance to show off her state,” which “Alaska” definitely does, from a flyover of Denali National Park to a close encounter with a family of bears while salmon fishing.

In the show, Palin certainly talks about her work and makes nods to political issues of the day, but “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is expressly not political. Viewers also see her at home, with her large family.

It’s all tailor-made to portray Palin as a family-focused woman who would rather be hiking, camping and fishing than touring the US and talking to tea-partiers. It also shows that Palin has a sense of humor and a thick skin.

“Having every word and action scrutinized and in some cases mocked, I can handle it. I kind of asked for it, right?” Palin says. “I’m tempted to say, oh, here comes another shot; why us? But my husband reminds me all the time: Why not us? We can handle it.”

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