A hardworking mom and a college dropout dude-of-dudes for parents, a teenage pregnancy in the family, and another teenager, a son, shipping out to Iraq. Can you get more redneck than that? Alaska is the new Appalachians—with a lot of money, snowmobile racing instead of NASCAR, and marijuana instead of moonshine. Fish in a barrel for a bad Maureen Dowd column.
My sympathy goes out to Levi Johnson though. Imagine a handsome, athletic, 18 year old guy used to doing the kind of stuff that teenage guys like to do—including, obviously, unprotected sex—having no choice but to do the right thing.
There is something compelling about the Palins, a mini-clan of natural-born platoon leaders. My guess is that this clinched the deal for John McCain.