Pork - the unsung food group
I think the reporter missed the real story: Clearly, those rats are from parts further south -- North Carolina, maybe. When you cross the Pork Rind Line somewhere below Petersburg, you know you're really in the South. This gives some politicians an easy way to portray themselves as one of the people. Wasn't George Allen always saying how fond he was of those things? And when campaigning, didn't George H.W. Bush force himself to eat them by the handful so he could connect with Southern voters?
You know, I kind of like pork rinds. But I haven't been able to eat them ever since I started thinking of the meaning of the word "rind."