Palin Reloaded

Palin Fail (2022 Edition)


Sarah Palin, the woman who quit as Mayor of Wasilla, quit as Governor of Alaska and failed as a vice-presidential candidate, did everything she could to make herself a celebrity. She went out of her way to market herself, and still does, selling 30-second videos of herself, flogging really, really bad books and starring in…

Sarah Palin in 2016. In a lawsuit, she contends that The New York Times improperly linked her to a 2011 mass shooting. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Doh! The Quitter Loses Again


You can usually tell when a would-be politician is descending into complete obscurity and irrelevancy. They start filing defamation lawsuits. The Quitter, Alaska’s infamous half-term governor, McCain’s mistake, she of the salad shooter grammar and fake accent, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. It’s a classic illustration of a politician’s descent. Although you…

Don't Be Stupid

WC Answers His Mail


WC received an expletive-filed email from a reader recently regarding former half-term Governor Sarah Palin. WC’s correspondent accused WC of “relentless hostility” to Sarah Palin. It’s kind of a remarkable accusation because Wickersham’s Conscience has been an almost completely Palin-free zone for about four years now. Nor has WC always been actively hostile to the…

Battle of the Wilderness by Kurz and Allison

For a Progressive, Signs of Hope


When Alaska was admitted as a state to these United States, back in 1959, the entire Congressional delegation was Democratic: Senator E.L. “Bob” Bartlett, Senator Ernest Gruening1 and Representative Ralph J. Rivers. It’s true that Senators Bartlett and Gruening loathed each other – Senator Bartlett’s staff referred to the Judas Tree outside the Senate Office…

Palin Reloaded

The Vileness That Spews from the Quitter


Alaska’s Shame, former half-term Governor Sarah Palin, is so desperate for attention that she cannot stop herself from spewing poison into the national conversations. Now she has involved herself in the Ahmed Mohamed scandal. On her Facebook page, she posted, “Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.” Of course, it was a…

WC’s Haunted House: The Really Scary Stuff


As a special Hallowe’en Treat, WC brings you a true chamber of horrors, a haunted house and a bestiary of monsters, all rolled into one package: it’s the Gallery of Really Scary Alaska Politicians. WARNING: This blog post may be too scary for children or sensitive adults. He comes back from the political dead to…

Grab the Money and Run

Slush Funds: Where Is the Outrage?


Richard Nixon’s political career was nearly derailed by a political slush fund. In 1952, Tricky Dick was General Eisenhower’s vice presidential running mate. When the story broke that Nixon had a political slush fund, Eisenhower nearly kicked Nixon off the Republican ticket. Only the infamous “Checker’s” speech saved Nixon’s vice presidential candidacy. Public outrage at…

Captain Zero Pointing to the Right

The Worst of the Palin Legacy


Sarah Palin’s legacy for Alaska has been hundreds of millions in wasted dollars in her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, a documented pattern of corruption she was elected to clean up and a tediously long list of other disasters we are all doing our best to forget. But those aren’t the worst part of her legacy;…

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CPAC Critique: Telling It Like It Is


The best single Palin Putdown in a while. Charles Pierce opens with McCain should pay a heavy price for unleashing this ignorant, two-wheeled bilewagon on the country’s politics. If you think she’s a legitimate political leader, you’re an idiot and a sucker and I feel sorry for you. And it gets better from there. Pierce…

Your Alaska Legislature in Action

The Palin Legacy: Another Brick in the Wall


Governor Sean “Captain Zero” Parnell and the Republican-dominated Legislature pushed through the repeal of former Governor Palin’s signature tax law, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share, or ACES, this year. Captain Zero’s proposed budget for the next year defunds the Alaska Gas Inducement Act, AGIA, Palin’s failed effort to involve the State of Alaska in the…

Caribou Cathy Preaches to the Choir


WC will temporarily lift the ban on The Quitter in this forum and briefly address her appearance at CPAC. In a phrase, The Quitter isn’t going to increase either her appeal or the size and scope of the conservative movement in American politics by preaching to the choir. But that’s what she did. Her speech…

Betting on Dumb


It’s hard to go wrong in America betting on dumb. A recent story involving Alaska’s very own Quitter illustrates the point nicely. Our tale starts with a fake news story in satirical Daily Currant, reporting that Alaska’s Shame was going to go to work for the fledgling Al Jazeera America news network as a host and commentator. The…

Half a Loaf Is Still a Chunk of Bread


Political gadfly Andree McLeod sued Governor Parnell over The Quitter’s use of private email to conduct state business. The various books and exposés of The Quitter’s half term governorship have clearly established that The Quitter used private email to hide her misconduct from the public. There may not be admissible legal evidence, but it’s not…

Bristol: Stones and Glass Houses


The Twitterati are all aflutter over Bristol Palin’s attack on President Obama and his statement in support of gay and lesbian marriage. A few quick points: • The Facebook post in question wasn’t written by Bristol Palin; it was written by her ghostwriter, Nancy French, who doesn’t even bother to sound like Bristol any longer. • Bristol Palin’s…

By Popular Demand


WC has received numerous emails in response to his recent, brief post mocking The Quitter. Mostly, they want more blog posts on Caribou Cathy and her poisonous family. But giving the ex-governor attention is rewarding her, it is giving her what she craves. All of which is why Wickersham’s Conscience has been a largely Palin-free…

Not Breaking News: Palin Serves Useful Purpose


WC doesn’t usually write about Alaska’s Biggest Embarrassment anymore, but WC was astounded to learn recently that The Quitter is serving a useful purpose. Yeah, WC was surprised, too. It seems a nude painting of her adorns a dive bar in Chicago. Sure, it’s old news – 2008, actually. Sure, it’s a very bad painting.…