Levi Johnston has managed a remarkable achievement-- he's made even the New York Times's Gail Collins feel sympathy for Sarah Palin:
Given the fact that Johnston is a 19-year-old high school dropout whose mother was arrested last year on six felony drug counts, it is conceivable that he is not the perfect arbiter of normal families. But even if he were an Eagle Scout with a scholarship to Harvard, can you imagine anything worse than discovering your daughter's teenage ex-boyfriend has been given a national platform to discuss his impressions of her mom's parenting skills?
It's hard to totally resist an article that has sentences that start with: “In early August, before I went hunting and Sarah was picked, Bristol and I were at a tattoo parlor in Wasilla. ...” Or information like the fact that baby Tripp's middle name is Easton in honor of “my favorite hockey-equipment company.”
These are the incoherent ramblings of a ticked-off 19-year-old, whose reports "sound exactly like what any self-absorbed teenager might say about his girlfriend's working mom. She doesn't cook! He and Bristol had to do everything! They had to take care of the kids and go to Taco Bell to get Sarah a Crunchwrap Supreme!"
But Gail Collins of The New York Times is, after all, Gail Collins of The New York Times, so she is tempted to believe at least one of Johnston's improbable claims:
I was fascinated by his claim that she doesn't know how to shoot a gun. Hunting is one of the very few matters in which Levi Johnston seems like a trustworthy source, and if he says she showed no familiarity with weapons, I want to know more. In fact, I think Palin should never be allowed to bring that moose stuff up again until she appears at a rifle range and gives us a demonstration.
Well, here's one: