Rough and tumble, up-by-the-bootstraps Dickensian narrative. One of 18 kids, ran away from alcoholic-abusive father, taken in by golden-hearted whores to shine the shoes of sailors patronizing the dockside brothel. Jump ahead to some fortunate breaks and encouragement tendered by a variety of business people, LePage is a refreshing rough-edged American success story and a rock-ribbed, outspoken Conservative, indifferent to the usual shrieking from the Left. Recently, he has come down hard on welfare abuse. No surprise that detractors have compared him unflatteringly with Donald Trump. To a troubled America hungry for blunt truth and a decisive turn-around, that is high praise.