Monday, February 8, 2010

Palin Envy

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.


  1. "Canada and the United States are remarkably similar countries — so similar, that no one else on earth can tell the two of us apart"

    Sorry, every time I get a cab in Moscow they can tell I'm Canadian, not American. Same in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Riga-Latvia, Rome-etc.

    Why would anyone wish for an astroturf party and a bunch of brain dead trailer park populists? Unless they were actually the Trailer Park Boys who are of course far too intelligent to debase themselves with politics regardless of the possible freebies.

  2. I have no illusions about being recognized as a Canadian on sight. However, the same can be said for Aussies and Kiwis, Scots and Irish and Brits and Whelsh, Spanish and Portuguese, all the Scandinavians, Austrians and Germans. On and on and on. And what on earth does looking and sounding alike have to do with being similar countries?

  3. I chose to interpret it that way.

    People judge the country by it's representatives abroad. Foreigners can tell an American and a Canadian are different as are their countries.