Folks, I am pleased to introduce you to “p-Op culture,” the newborn sibling of the p-Op quiz. Some things just lend themselves better to pithy picture commentary than the anxiety-inducing weekly multiple-choice test. So, I figured I’d do a twist on the fun “Year in Political Fashion” gallery I cooked up in December. Photos and comments from the world of politics and culture drive the content. And if the two worlds collide all the better.

Let’s scroll!

1.) Palin vs. Rove vs. Palin: Once again, we got to experience “Mean Girl” snark from Lady Big Gulp. “The architects can head on back to the great Lone Star State and put their name on some ballot,” Palin said. To which “the architect” Karl Rove replied, “[I]f I did run for office and win, I would serve out my term, and I wouldn’t leave office midterm.” Booyah! Rove gets a high-five for that. But only that. Nothing more.

(Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

2.) Jon Hamm’s restraining order: The “Mad Men” star is notorious for dressing in a manner that I shall describe as unencumbered. But now that the hit AMC show is getting into tight 1960s fashions, sources told the New York Daily News that Hamm “was politely instructed by a staffer at the network to please wear underwear while shooting his scenes.” Yes, this was a binding decision.

(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

3.) Mark Sanford, trailblazer: The former South Carolina governor whose fictitious trek along the Appalachian Trail led him to the arms of a mistress (now fiancee) in Buenos Aires could be headed back to Washington. In a field of 16 candidates for a House seat, Sanford came in first in the Republican primary with 37 percent of the vote. He’s headed to a runoff, something with which he’s very familiar. (ahem)

(Bruce Smith/AP)

4.) Live from New York: Looks like the nation’s entertainment axis is about to shift from West to East. It seems all but certain that Jay Leno of Los Angeles will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon of New York as host of “The Tonight Show.” Fallon deserves the gig for the Mom-dancing gag with first lady Michelle Obama alone.

Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno (Jordan Strauss/INVISION/AP)

5.) Nature vs. nurture: In the wake of Sen. Rob Portman’s stunning announcement last week that he supports same-sex marriage, Politico asked other congressional Republicans if their views had changed. Most said no. But the response from Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) was priceless. “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one,” he said. Chambliss chose not to be gay, I suppose.


6.) Tiger beat: Golf phenom Tiger Woods and skiing phenom Lindsey Vonn took their relationship public via Facebook. This comes nearly four years after the car wreck that revealed multiple Woods mistresses, blew up his marriage and almost derailed his career. Good for them. Good for him. Everyone deserves a second chance. See No. 3.


7.) Oh say can you Holy See: The installation of Pope Francis brought dignitaries from around the world, including Vice President Biden. He skipped the annual St. Patrick’s Day fete at the White House to be at the Vatican. I didn’t bother reaching out to Biden, but I think he’d say being there was “a big f&@%ing deal!”


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