Every season of Dancing with the Stars produces at least one "are they or aren't they?
Then again, what if they are dating? There are some legit reasons why this would not be such a bad idea for both of them. He's no Levi Johnston. Levi is the father of Bristol's adorable son Trippbut other than that he seems like an immature kid on the Palin bandwagon.
He puts himself first, whereas Mark is a true partner. He puts Bristol — "my Bristol," as he calls her in his tweets — first. He's a gentleman, and not just to her but to all of his partners.
Bristol is a shy, stiff dancer and if she were paired with, say, Derek or Maksthey would probably be frustrated with her by now and have a tense relationship. Mark is just the kind of gentle, patient, perpetually positive guy someone in Bristol's tabloid spotlight needs to have around. He brings out the best in her. No one else could make Bristol feel comfortable enough to wear a monkey suit, play air guitar, cry openly about homesickness or shake her booty in front of her parents.
Mark is breaking down her emotional walls and allowing her to just enjoy herself, despite the haters. He is always hugging and kissing hereven if it's just in a friendly way it's getting her used to the idea that there are nice guys out there who just want to support her and don't want anything else.
They are bonding through adversity. Judging by Mark's Twitter account, there are a few haters out there. They don't like Bristol and want her and Mark to drop out.
Mark defends Bristol and himself, sometimes heatedly.
In interviews, he is the one on the defensive side whereas Bristol proves herself a worthy PR candidate by sticking to benign remarks. She is used to being on the end of nastiness and handles it with cool detachment.
They are a good tag team. He seems good with her family.