To read the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s article on the firing click here.
Then, the very same week, the magazine runs a Back Page diatribe written by Roy West about Doug Wilder. STYLE's editors called the rather incoherent rant by one former mayor about another former mayor "Inglorious Bastard."
The whetstone of [Wilder’s] pantomime of leadership has been the propensity to make substance irrelevant. Byzantine approaches have resulted in a myriad of successful failures. When the leaves of history books are peeled back on his historic election as governor no great deeds of his will be recorded. Revealed will be a vindictive, broken trust and chosen wrong era of governance. The ingloriousness of his tenure will be spotlighted by his willingness to be the unapologetic and unabashed advocate for the lacerated and bane agenda of neoconservatives. With principles sacrificed and integrity lost, Wilder was their reliable avatar to devalue the human spirit. History will confirm the errancy of Wilder’s actions, which appealed to the anxieties rather than aspirations; and angst rather than hope of Virginians.Huh?
It’s worth noting that the word “bastard” doesn’t appear in the text of West’s poison pen piece (click here to try to read it). That loaded word appears only in the title.
Yes, it’s an eye-catching title, but a reading of West’s meandering hash of words doesn’t offer many clues to support the decision by the periodical’s editors to use “bastard” as they did. (I must admit I haven’t seen the most recent Quentin Tarantino cinematic bloodletting, so I can’t say whether there’s some connection in it to Wilder.)
Some might call this juxtaposition of events to do with the propriety of certain words in particular situations “irony.” Others might choose a more inglorious word.
Click here to watch Mark Holmberg's WTVR commentary.