I didn't think my thoughts would fit where I normally do pro-Palin blogging, nor do I usually write about the non-political aspect of political families' lives, so I thought I'd simply share them here.
Following Bristol Palin's and Mark Ballas' dance on Dancing with the Stars tonight, Bristol returned to one of the hosts who asked her a question to the effect of "why are you more comfortable speaking (referring to her pro-abstinence advocacy) than acting on the dance floor?"
Bristol replied, perhaps holding back a few tears, that when she speaks, she speaks from her heart. "Acting", she said, was hard for her. Bristol did a great job with her dance, but the judges were looking for a little more "acting" in her performance.
Much like her mom, Bristol speaks from her heart, and "acting" is not something that comes readily to her. Governor Palin, when not constrained by "headquarters", is able to speak her heart, and when not constrained by the threat of frivolous ethics complaints, is able to speak her mind. She is comfortable with this. "Acting", which is essentially what the McCain campaign operatives wanted her to do, was not something that came readily to her. Reading and acting from a campaign script was stifling her from being herself--as a person and as a politician.When the McCain camp said she was "going rogue", she was simply campaigning as herself, not as the "actress" the campaign wanted her to be.
This the Palin family.They are real. The title of Governor Palin's newest book, America by Heart, is a manifestation of who she is and who her family is.