College students talk to tea partier at CPAC

College students talk to tea partier at CPAC

The picture on the left accompanied an article in today’s New York Times about young Republicans at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.  The article makes a point of profiling a young Republican with a green-and-orange mohawk.  But to me, what’s more interesting is that it does not comment at all on the man on the right, William Temple, except to refer to him as a Tea party supporter.  Incidentally, he’s a regular at this conservative confab, and appears in colonial drag all over the intergoogle.  But still, that a man could walk around in this costume and evince no acknowledgment at all from the gray lady reporter about his get-up indicates that we have become desensitized to the appearance of people wearing Revolutionary-era-inspired clothes in a political context.

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