After a good and I like to think well-deserved hiatus, I’m going to be easing back into blogging now. And I thought that perhaps the way to do it would be to endorse a party in Canada’s only current election campaign, the one in B.C.
One of the things that distinguishes real, grown-up journalists from we juvenile bloggers is their tendency to display their mature non-partisanship by explicitly endorsing their favourite political party in an election campaign. These endorsements are actually quite useful, because they let us know that despite what their own columnists routinely claim to the contrary, the national newspaper industry is a staunchly Conservative bunch.
At Sixth Estate, I don’t pretend to be a responsible and professional journalist. I do try my best, but that’s a standard to which I admit I may never rise. Still, I can try. So I want you to know that I took my task of finding a political party to endorse very seriously, just as seriously as I’m sure the average newspaper does. I searched high and low for someone whose politics I found palatable, and I want you to know, I’ve found someone. I hope you will find my choice just as attractive as I do.
That choice is Mischa Popoff, candidate for Boundary-Similkameen. Mr. Popoff is the former Conservative candidate for the riding, but don’t hold that against him. Boundary-Similkameen is the Florida of B.C. politics. Since the start of this year, all three major parties have turfed their candidates in the riding. Bizarrely, the governing Liberal ousted theirs even though he was already a sitting MLA. (Judging by the polls, the time in which “recent former Liberal MLA” makes Slater’s C.V. stand out from the pile is rapidly drawing to a close.) Mr. Popoff lasted longer than his peers, which says something about him, and he also released the following campaign ad this week, which says even more:
Well. I’ll admit, I don’t know much about his politics, and “too conservative for the Conservatives” probably means we don’t have much in common. But there’s something about delivering one’s bitter politics of resentment at full ramble while being repeatedly head-butted into a fence by a bull that just screams earnestness to me.
There. Did I do my editorial endorsement right, or do you suppose I have a long ways to go as an emulator of top-notch journalism?Tweet