The Wrath of Bow!

Okay, “wrath” may not be the best word to describe James Bow’s public scolding of NDP leader Jack Layton, but given that writer’s notoriously temperate disposition and widely esteemed rank as the “dean” of Canadian political blogs (for good or bad, comparisons to David Broder may not be entirely misplaced here), it might be fair to describe Bow’s rather exceptional departure from his more usual equanimity and objective analysis into the realm of advocacy (or let’s say overt chiding if that’s preferable), as a somewhat significant event.

As of this moment, any possibility that I will be voting New Democrat in this coming election is lost. I had little patience for Harper when he promised to deliver better, more accountable, more democratic government for Canadians and failed. I have no patience for your platitudes either, sir.

Ouch! I won’t presume to read my own impressions into what James wrote, but “platitudes” is most definitely a word that comes to mind when regarding the vacuous blather espoused by Jack Layton.

32 Replies to “The Wrath of Bow!”

  1. “The wrath of the Bow’ …. right.

    Here is the post I left …… mr. bow!!

    “”I am writing to tell you that you have lost my vote.”

    Puleeeeeze!

    As if Jack Layton ever had your vote!! (Typical bloody unprincipled Liberal … shedding crocodile tears for Elizabeth May…. after spending months propping up Harper’s government – vote after vote after vote … AND supporting a war that frankly … you should be ashamed to even mention!!!

    Mr. Bow = another Tory who pretends he is a Liberal!

  2. Well, I _have_ called myself a red tory in the past.

    Here’s my reply to your comment left on your blog:

    “Nope. I haven’t voted Liberal since 1997. In 1999 (Ontario) I voted NDP. In 2000 (federal), I voted Conservative, in 2003 (Ontario), I voted Green. In 2004 (federal), I voted NDP. I voted NDP again in 2006, and Green in 2007 (Ontario). And I’ve no desire to vote Liberal now. I’ll likely vote Green.”

  3. Ok, Leftdog, you’ve officially left the planet. Are you sure you’re not confusing James Bow and James Bowie?

  4. redtory …. Your Ontario arrogance aside, the New Democrats have been the government in Manitoba and Saskatchewan for decades … most recently 16 years in Saskatchewan mopping up a 14 Billion dollar PC debt! (And please don’t mention Ray’s little Liberal experiment when he was premier of Ontario …. THAT was NOT an New Democrat government)!

    Arrogance…..

  5. leftdog,

    Take your partisan ball and piss off. No, sorry, I mean fuck off.

    Fuck.Right.Off.

    James Bow voted NDP in 2006. He is an honest man who votes his conscious. For him to even write what he did must have meant that somewhere deep in his belly he was outraged.

    Those of us not of his demeanor have not been so kind.

    I am a former Dipper and I still held a soft spot for my old party. No longer. Jack Layton has shown himself to be an opportunistic coward, more interested in gaining power than standing for principles and democracy.

    And you and the other apologists and apparatchiks for the party prove that my former comrades are nothing more than unthinking robots. In short, no different than the trogs in the Blogging Tories.

    I have never been so happy I quit the NDP as I am right now – and if I hadn’t 2 years ago, I sure as hell would be doing it today.

    But then, I have principles that I hold that transcend idiot political partisanship. What happened to yours?

  6. James — I don’t know why you or I, or anyone else, should find it necessary to disclose how they cast their ballot in previous elections. It’s really kind of irrelevant, especially if you vote strategically or as I tend to do most often, whimsically…

  7. James Bow is probably a very nice person, but his writing is ponderous and overwrought. His motto seems to be “never say in one paragraph what you can say in ten.” The open letter shtick is also tired and overdone, as is the repeated use of “sir.” Cliche-o-matic.

    As the kids say, tl;dr.

  8. Red,

    I think that casts James as an honest broker, rather than a one party cheerleader. It gives him credibility as a swing voter or as a (formerly) undecided.

  9. Dog — redtory …. Your Ontario arrogance aside…

    Allow me to echo the sentiments of others here (not Libs, I might add!)…

    Piss off you clueless fuckwit.

    “Ontario arrogance”? For your information, I live in Victoria, BC.. I did have to endure life in Ontario for several years (Windsor — the “Asshole of the Universe” or perhaps the boil thereon…) but as you might have noticed from my profile and the heraldic crest of British Columbia on my sidebar, I’m most definitely NOT from Ontario (with all due respect and apologies to my Ontarian friends).

  10. Mike — Yes, James has a reputation as an “honest broker” amongst bloggers. He’s just one voice of course, but perhaps indicative of the “swing voter” or “independent” mindset. He’s most certainly a moderate — surprisingly enough, a quite risky position to take in these days of extreme polarization, where as Jim Hightower famously related the old Texan quip “the only things you find in the middle of the road are yellow lines and dead armadillos.”

  11. As the kids say, tl;dr.

    It’s true. If left to my own devices, I tend to write more than necessary. That letter was pretty much a first draft. In my freelance articles, I often write the first draft of a 1200 word piece, and then have to cut 500 words in order to get under the word count.

    Editing is important, for sure. But my blog is largely unedited.

  12. James Bow is probably a very nice person, but his writing is ponderous and overwrought. His motto seems to be “never say in one paragraph what you can say in ten.” The open letter shtick is also tired and overdone, as is the repeated use of “sir.” Cliche-o-matic.

    I think it’s probably better to write in clichés, than to be one, as the person who wrote this obviously is.

  13. RT … I will word this carefully … I apologize to Ontarians for accusing them of harbouring you – I apologize to British Columbians for neglecting to recognize that they count you amongst their number.

  14. Leftdog,

    You’re really losing it. Please engage brain before commenting (and I say this as someone who does like you and has enjoyed your blog for some time).

    You’re rapidly losing any credibility you may have.

    In the past two minutes I’ve seen you make these assumptions:
    1) James Bow is a Liberal. He is not.
    2) Red Tory is an ‘Ontario’ Liberal. No, he’s from British Columbia
    3) and over at stageleft, you’ve called stageleft a Liberal. Stageleft is in fact an anarchist and has no political party affiliation. He doesn’t even vote.

    These types of kneejerk accusations and assumptions neither help your own personal credibility nor to do they help your party. I also say that as a former NDP supporter who has been contemplating returning my vote to my local NDP candidate. Not sure that’s the case now. My local Green Party candidate is looking better and better the more you comment such as you have recently.

  15. I think it’s probably better to write in clichés, than to be one, as the person who wrote this obviously is.

    What does that even mean?

    My local Green Party candidate is looking better and better the more you comment such as you have recently.

    Shouldn’t you base your vote on the candidates and the parties, not what some random person on the internet says?
    (I acknowledge that I am also a random person on the internet, so feel free to ignore me.)

  16. “Asshole of the Universe” – RT: If memory serves me correctly, more so than a nickname for Windsor, that phrase is actually the term of endearment that approximately 65% of Canadian voters have reserved for Steve Harper.

  17. Dog — Isn’t that very sweet of you. Nice to see the true inner Stalinist expressing itself that way in wanting to purge me from existence…

    I have to say that I’m somewhat disappointed, but not altogether surprised by your reaction. It seems to be ill-informed, nasty and moreover, profoundly lazy. Are these traits that are actively cultivated within the NDP?

  18. Hey, don’t get mad at me just because James Bow is long winded.

    No one’s mad at you, sweetie. We’re just fatigued by people who think anything longer than a soundbite is long-winded.

    And his writing style is really not the point…

  19. Velveeta® — Critiquing Bow’s writing is fair enough, but not entirely relevant here. It seems more like an ad hominem attack that’s really beside the point; that being, is what James says accurate and relevant?

  20. Your right velveeta…James is a maroon…good thing he doesn’t write for a living or anything….

    Jees, some people’s children…

  21. We’re just fatigued by people who think anything longer than a soundbite is long-winded.

    It’s quite possible to write clearly and concisely while still being “longer than a soundbite.”

    It seems more like an ad hominem attack that’s really beside the point; that being, is what James says accurate and relevant?

    It’s not an ad hominem attack. It would be an ad hominem attack if I were claiming that he’s wrong because of his writing style. I’m not claiming that he’s wrong because I don’t like his writing style; I’m just claiming that I don’t like his style. In this case, I actually agree with his argument.

    You’re correct, of course; his style is beside the point. I simply mentioned it because I was tired of seeing a repository of poor writing (published novel notwithstanding) being lauded as an amazing treasure of the Canadian blog world.

    Yeah, I admit that was cruel and mean to say, and
    I don’t really expect anyone commenting here to particularly care what I think. I accept whatever flak I rightly get for being negative. (James Bow was, as ever, gracious in his reply.)

  22. Can’t blame them. When you’ve got a Prime Minister with campaign advertising featuring a puffin shitting on his opponent’s shoulder, what does that say about mass culture? It’s vulgar, it’s dull and it’s dumb. So very, very dumb.

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