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I've convinced myself that if you look me blankly in the face and don't recognize me at first, it's because I have a new hairdo instead of that son-of-a-bitch beehive that made me look like either a linthead working the cotton mills or a punk rock singer.
Did anybody ever call you a linthead while you were a child?
You don't recall anybody saying, "Well, there goes a linthead," or anything like that?
Mencken would have had a high old time lampooning Palin as a linthead and a creationist treading in the spoor of William Jennings Bryan.