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That was the fate of 21-year-old Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s toddler, Tripp. The author of a newly released book, “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs,” Mr. Johnston sat down with CNN host Joy Behar Wednesday evening to promote the memoir.

During their odd and sometimes uncomfortable chat, Mr. Johnston gave Miss Behar a little insight into sheep hunting, an activity with which she was wholly unfamiliar.

Alluding to the book’s title, Miss Behar inquired about the first “deer in the headlights” moment the young man faced when his pregnant girlfriend’s mother announced her candidacy for vice president in August 2008. Mr. Johnston, who had to prepare for the GOP convention in St. Paul that month, told Miss Behar he had been sheep hunting with his dad prior to the big event.

“A sheep hunt? What do you mean a sheep hunt? They’re sitting there waiting for you to shoot them?” Miss Behar asked. “You were going to kill a ram?”

“For food. It’s a sport,” Mr. Johnston said.

“That’s crazy,” Miss Behar replied.

“We get back and I get a phone call, Sarah [Palin is] nominated for vice president. … We get back home, thrown into the RNC gear, we get on private planes and we land down,” Mr. Johnston said. “I [had a] mullet. The first thing they do is chop my hair. … They weren’t going to allow it.”

Mr. Johnston also dealt with RNC stylists asking him to shave, use “the spray tans, and [take care of] the fingernails.”

“They wanted me to get pedicures and stuff - I said ‘no, no,’ ” Mr. Johnston said.

He said he refused the makeover demands but agreed to retire his mullet.

“[I had] the haircut and then I put on the … $80 socks and the fancy clothes and I shut up and smiled and waved and did what I was told [at the convention],” Mr. Johnston said.

Miss Behar, who had watched the televised convention, said Mr. Johnston appeared to be out of place.

“I agree with you, you did look like a deer in the headlights,” Miss Behar said. “But you also … you don’t even look like you; you look like a Republican senator.”

Miss Behar also asked Mr. Johnston why he frequently sets himself up for insults and embarrassment.

“Why do you open yourself up to scrutiny so much? Why do you do that?” Miss Behar asked.

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