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Sarah Palin can see 2010 from her house; daughter Bristol may soon see her dance steps on her hand

October 18, 2010 |  4:07 pm

Bristol Palin poses with her dance partner Mark Ballas Got to hand it to the Palin women, they sure think alike.

While gushing over her daughter Bristol's performances on "Dancing with the Stars," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin revealed some of her offspring's boot-scootin' secrets.

Before hopping on a plane in Sacramento Friday, Sarah Palin called in to Zap2It and explained how Bristol got the dancing gig.

"She had told us just a couple of weeks before the show started," the hockey mom said. "She said, 'Mom, "Dancing With the Stars" just called me and asked if I wanted to be on the show.' I said, 'What did you tell them?' 'I told them I'm not a star, and I don't dance. Sure, I'll join the show.'"

Remind you of someone else who joined up for a national engagement without much star power or much experience?

That's not where the similarities end. Check out the advice Bristol, who turned 20 today, was given from her 9-year-old sister:

"As Piper was listening to Bristol explain to me," says Sarah, "how difficult the steps were -- because a lot of these dances, we had never heard the name of the dances, much less knowing the steps of them -- Piper said, 'I know how you can learn those steps -- just write them on the palm of your hand.'

"I'm like, 'That's exactly what I would do!' I told Bristol she should do that for one of the songs."

Good to see that maverick spirit runs through the family tree. Bristol has already survived the first few rounds of the dance competition, most recently to the chagrin of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from MTV's "Jersey Shore".

Today Sarah Palin spoke at a "tea party" rally in Nevada where she challenged the GOP to "man up" so they don't get kicked off of their nationally televised reality show (that should be) called "Who Wants to Run The United States of America".

"The bigwigs in the machine, they're driving me crazy because they're too chicken to support the tea party candidates," Palin complained. "The ideas of the tea party movement are the American ideals that will put us back to work."

The mama grizzly also attacked the left. "We don't work for you anymore, Mr. Reid. Enjoy your retirement. We don't work for you anymore Nancy Pelosi, you're fired," Palin said to cheers. "And Mr. Obama and your czars, you're next, because now we can see 2012 from our house."

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Bristol Palin poses with her dance partner Mark Ballas following the 11th season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars." Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello