Senator Jim Risch (R, Idaho), Another Petulant Child (via C-Span)

2022 Hypocrite of the Year: The Third Nominee


While this nomination could have gone to all four of the members of the Idaho delegation to Congress, one of those members’ hypocrisy was an order of magnitude greater. That would be U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R, Idaho). Idaho is the home of Micron Technology, and Micron is a critical part of Idaho’s economy. Since…

2022 Hypocrite of the Year: The First Nominee


Reader JER, with an assist from Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, offers the first nominee for the Wickersham’s Conscience 2022 Hypocrite of the Year: U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R, Wisconsin), who is JER’s senator. Reminder: You can suggest candidates for Hypocrite of the Year. WC will select from among your suggestions the worst of the…

Okie Dopey


Well I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee A place where even squares can have a ball We still fly Old Glory down at the courthouse And white lighting’s still The biggest thrill of all — Merle Haggard and Roy Burris, “Okie from Muskogee,” 1969 The use of marijuana in Oklahoma for anything but…

Mitch McConnell, "Ol' Turtle Neck"

2021 Hypocrite of the Year: Your Ballot


This is your chance to hit back. Vote for the Wickersham’s Conscience’s 2021 Hypocrite of the year and help send a message that you are tired of hypocrisy and are calling it out. Remember: the Winner gets a very nearly fancy certificate notifying them of their award. Here’s a cheat sheet summarizing the candidates and…

Senator Lindsey Graham (R., SC)

Hypocrite of the Year: The Reader Nominations


WC invited readers to submit their candidates for the 2021 Wickersham’s Conscience Hypocrite of the Year. There were many nominations. WC summarizes them in a table below. The columns set out the names, the basis for the nomination, and WC’s response. With too many nominees, the ballot becomes unwieldy and the tools WordPress makes available…

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R, Tennessee, 2014 (Photographer unknown)

Nominees for WC’s 2021 Hypocrite of the Year


As 2021 mercifully grinds and lurches towards an end – at least a chronological end – we’re approaching the time for WC’s annual Hypocrite of the Year Award. The recipient is selected by WC’s readers from among an impressive list of egregiously hypocritical political leaders. Past winners of this dubious honor have included The Dirty 13, Captain…

Lessons for the Greens from the Book They Stole


The religious hypocrites that own Hobby Lobby are now admitted criminal religious hypocrites. The Green family, the owners of Hobby Lobby, operate a “Museum of the Bible,” and purchased stolen artifacts looted from Iraq during the U.S. invasion of that country in 2003. One of those artifacts was a clay tablet inscribed with a portion…

2021 Hypocrite of the Year: The First Nominee


So many, many choices. Another of Donald Trump’s wretched legacies to the American people is an unprecedented tolerance, a complete indifference, to boundless hypocrisy. Talk about moving the goalposts? But let’s turn to the first nominee for the coveted Wickersham’s Conscience Hypocrite of the Year: The North Carolina Republican Party. U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R,…

Chief Justice John Roberts (Reuters)

2020 Hypocrite of the Year: Vote Now


WC has announced four nominees for the coveted1 Wickersham’s Conscience 2020 Hypocrite of the Year. It’s now your turn. Vote for your choice for Hypocrite of the Year. The candidates: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John RobertsAlthough you could argue Chief Justice Robeers’ entire career justifies his nomination – remember the very conservative retired Justice…

Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

2020 Hypocrite of the Year: the Fourth Nominee


Wickersham’s Conscience is pleased to announce the fourth nominee for 2020 Hypocrite of the Year and the first reader-nominated candidate: Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin applied for and received $314,727 in federal loans/grants under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. Three months later she wrote an opinion column published in newspapers across Idaho criticizing those…

Senator Lindsey Graham (R., SC)

Nominees for WC’s 2020 Hypocrite of the Year


As 2020 mercifully heads towards an end – at least a chronological end – we’re approaching the time for WC’s annual Hypocrite of the Year Award. The recipient is selected by WC’s readers from among an impressive list of egregiously hypocritical political leaders. Past winners of this dubious honor have included The Dirty 13, Captain Zero, Moscow…

Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983

Kevin Clarkson: The Inexplicable Explained


It may come as a surprise to WC’s readers, but Alaska lawyers are required to follow ethical rules. The rules are called the Code of Professional Conduct, and lawyers are routinely disciplined for violating the Code. The discipline may range from a “private admonition” – being woodshedded by the Bar Counsel for the Alaska Bar…

Sample "G-rated" text messages from Alaska's Attorney General to a low-level state employee

2020 Hypocrite of the Year: The Third Nomination


The next nominee for Wickersham’s Conscience’s Hypocrite of the Year is recently disgraced and sacked Attorney General Kevin Clarkson. Let’s review ex-AG Clarkson’s qualifications as nominee. He’s a 61-year old avowed Christian, family man and self-professed defender of Christian values, yet his ex-wife had to obtain a domestic violence order against him. There are strong…

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R, Tennessee, 2014 (Photographer unknown)

2020 Hypocrite of the Year: The Second Nominee


So many, many hypocrites. It’s difficult to choose. But among that large field, U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais stands out as worthy of being a nominee. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R, Tennessee) is a rabid anti-abortion politician, who has coerced both his ex-wife and his mistress to get abortions. Two abortions, in the case of his ex-wife.…

Fake Dead Sea Scroll purchased by Hobby Lobby owner Steve Green

David Green and the Joys of Schadenfreude


David Green is the billionaire owner of Hobby Lobby. He is very interested – maybe obsessed – with early Christian Bible artifacts. He’s part of a group of ultra-rich evangelicals who are collecting those artifacts. Where there is a demand, there will always be someone prepared to meet it. And it’s a lot easier to…

Chief Justice John Roberts (Reuters)

2020 Hypocrite of the Year: The First Nominee


Yes, it’s early for the first nominee for the Wickersham Conscience’s Hypocrite of the Year, but some instances of hypocrisy are so blatant, so appalling, that they require a nomination at once. Which is why WC is nominating U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for 2020 Hypocrite of the Year.1 When President Donald Trump…

Dr. Li being treated at the Wuhan Central Hospital late last month (photographer unknown)

Let’s Not Get Sanctimonious


It was disheartening to learn of the death of Li Wenliang. He was the Chinese physician who was punished by his government for warning of the danger and virulence of the new coronavirus when the disease was first discovered. Dr. Li was reprimanded by the police after he shared concerns about the virus in a social…

My Name Is Hypocrite

We Have a Winner Loser!


In the end, it wasn’t even close. By an overwhelming 82% of votes cast, Wickersham’s Conscience readers have selected Senator Lindsey Graham (R, Hypocrisy) as the 2019 Wickersham’s Conscience Hypocrite of the Year. WC will create a suitable award certificate and cover letter notifying the Senator of his award shortly. A copy will go to…