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.