Something besides raw anti-gay animus, disdain for American soldiers and religious chauvinism became apparent to me in Rick Perry’s “Strong on Bigotry” t.v. ad: Rick Perry’s hair is his palette.

Here’s Mr. Perry sporting the granitic Brokeback gray he modeled in the “Strong on Bigotry” ad on Wednesday. But in his Thursday interview with Wolf Blitzer, hey presto! Mr. Perry sports a chestnut topknot with but a crescent of gray accenting the temples. Not too hot, not too old, Mr. Perry goes stark raving moderate in this campaign website photo. Pepper with just a shake of salt – perfect for county fair photo-ops.

I guess now we know why he famously said ” you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday”. It must be the only day he can squeeze a little relaxing salon time into his busy schedule.