Pity the poor Canadian journalist.
Ibbitson bemoans the fact that Canada doesn't have a tea party movement. With a sneer and upturned nose typical of Canada's professional political commentators, he chides the lowly Canadian for not being exciting enough. For not providing our own Palin. For not storming The Rock and burning the House of Assembly in St. John's to the ground.
Of course the truth is that Ibbitson, and any number of Canadian editorialists, aren't arguing that the American way is the way, that we'd all be better off if we were just more like our southern friends. No, what it really all comes down to is boredom. Ibbitson is bored. Coyne is bored. Hebert is bored. Gardner is bored. Cohen is bored. We have an entire profession consumed with a debilitating case of penis envy. Or Palin envy as the case may be. It's not that they think our standard of living would improve if we stormed The Hill, they just wish they had something more interesting to write about.
Prorogation, cabinet shuffles, and general apathy towards the medical care of the Premier of Newfoundland are so borrrring. Where are the legions of wingnuts waving tea bags and making nonsensical demands of the government? How long must we deal with peace, order and good(ish) government?
Have no worry though John. The Wild Rose is on the horizon. You'll no longer have to sit at the Hyatt bar with your head down, embarrassed to face your colleagues from CNN and FOX. You'll have your own crazies to talk about, genuine Canadian unrest. Not that you'll stop being ashamed of your chilly northern home, but at least you'll be able to impress those cute Congressional aides.
EDITED TO ADD: RedTory points out that Ibbitson doesn't actually fall on either side in his article. I could be wrong, but the article struck me as a bit passive-aggressive, or resentful, towards Canada.
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