The Palin Brand

Timothy Egan has a devastating column on the former half-term governor's record in picking candidates to campaign for:

A week ago, Palin backed a candidate for Senate in Washington state, Clint Didier, a former professional football player who also owns a farm and has railed against excessive government spending.

But at the same time Palin was calling Didier “a commonsense constitutional conservative [who] will help put our country on the right track,” it was revealed that he took at least $140,000 in federal farm subsidies.

But there's no real inconsistency here. Didier's approach is what you call Alaskan Palin conservatism: big government socialism, masked by pioneer bullshit.