Chin whiskers haven't really been vogue in Washington since Benjamin Harrison's administration. So, it caught the attention of a lot of people when the barbigerous star of a cable television show called Duck Dynasty showed up as a guest at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner the other night.
If you are not among the 9.6 million Americans who watched the Robertson family on Duck Dynasty last week, making it one of the most-watched television programs in the nation, you might find the idea of a bearded and bandana-wearing, self-described redneck and his wife hobnobbing with Washington elite unsettling or amusing.
I know a lot of rednecks: I am a recovering Washingtonian who lives in a part of Florida that has more cattle and orange groves than beaches. And I think there are at least four lessons the Washington elite could stand to be reminded of by the "duckmen" and their kindred spirits in rural America.