Because I'm not an insider, I have absolutely no idea what's really going on behind the scenes in the upper echelons of the BC NDP.
And, because critical analysis of the non-horse race kind by folks who are not party-associated has been almost entirely lacking, I have not been able to generate an informed opinion about whether Carole James should stay or go as the BC NDP party leader.
I do, however, know that the NDP 'council' made up of party insiders voted overwhelmingly to support Ms. James over the weekend.
But here's the thing......
Party councils don't have to face an irate and fed-up public day after day after day.
And they sure as heckfire don't have to face the voting part of that irate public every four years or so.
And neither, not to put too fine a point on it, do British Columbia's (supposedly) elite proMedia pundits.
Which is why I found the following comment about the 13 apparently anti-Jamesian NDP MLAs from that most elite member of the proMedia punditocracy, the Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer, bizarre in the extreme:
".....They are also, in combination, an amateurish and evasive lot, whose clumsy interactions with the news media Friday and Saturday left the impression that either they don't know what they are doing or aren't prepared to share their intentions with anyone other than their own cult-like supporters. Try to imagine a political party run by the cryptic, feverish folks who contribute to blogs and you'd have some sense of the challenge of making sense of the group and its agenda -- presuming it is a group and does have an agenda....."
There you have it.....
If you are amateurish and evasive when you interact with pro pundits who have proven, based on repeated past performance, that they will screw you over royally for no good reason at all, you are nothing but a crazy, secretive supporter of the great unwashed who lurk in the fever swamps. As a result, you have no business whatsoever getting uppity about anything because you will not get the support of the Dean and/or his loyal followers....errrrr....faculty.
Or, put another way, if you are not silky proMedia smooth you will never be taken seriously.
All of which has me wondering if Mr. Palmer would speak favourably of, say, Attila the Hun if the latter were to suddenly surface with a slick media strategy and a few hundred PAB-Bots in tow that could keep him and his supplied with the finest inside information at all times.
Finest-of-the-fine inside information that cryptic members of the fever swamps and the public know nothing of, and care even less about, because it does not affect them in their daily lives.
If you get my most pointed (not to mention feverish) drift.
Interestingly, perhaps because he had no vaunted editor looking over his shoulder given that the quote above was part of a post to his proMedia VSun 'Blog', Mr. Palmer appears (based on the comments) to have originally referred to the denizens of the swamps as 'boggers'.....Ha!