Rob Ford (and…that’s pretty much all you have to say)
“My question is, I urinated in a parking lot. What does that have to do with anything?”
Rob Ford on his Sun News Media Show
Just three weeks after registering to run for reelection as Mayor of Toronto a new video of Rob Ford conducting himself with the same style and grace that has come to characterize his time in office, was released on YouTube.
I’m beginning to feel like Weirton Willy on Groundhog Day, afraid to stick my head out of my burrow but not because I’m afraid I’ll see my shadow – I’m afraid I’ll see yet more of Rob Ford’s nonsense obliterating the landscape of common sense and decency.
Warning: the content of this video includes graphic language that may be highly offensive to some folks.
“I’ve had a come to Jesus moment” – Rob Ford in CBC interview
Apparently, Rob Ford and Jesus have a fairly flexible understanding of what constitutes a commitment to clean up your act. Either that or they’re drinking buds.
You do have to feel sorry for Ford’s supporters who took some pride in calling themselves Ford Nation. His continuing orgy of erratic, self-indulgent behaviour is making it increasingly difficult for some of them to continue making excuses for him.
And despite what some polls suggested last week, Ford Nation is rapidly becoming Ford Village. There wasn’t nearly the outpouring of support for the Mayor after this round of televised stupidity as there has been in the past.
Some tried, of course, including the Mayor’s brother Doug who considers any criticism of his brother, legitimate or not, to be a scurrilous attack by an unscrupulous mainstream media and the Toronto political elite – whoever they are.
Shortly after the video hit the fan, so to speak, Doug Ford defended his brother stating that it was an old video because the Mayor had lost weight and that the ‘new and improved’ Rob Ford is slimmer than the old Rob Ford in the video. He went on to state that his brother hadn’t had a drink since November 2013 and that the video clearly wasn’t taken the night before because he and his brother had been talking on the phone around the time the video was supposed to have been shot.
Unfortunately for Doug Ford, about ten minutes after defending his brother, Rob Ford stepped forward and admitted that it was him on the video, it had happened the night before and he was bombed, drunk, binged out – call it whatever you like – he had been drinking only not with Jesus. The good Mayor was drinking with a friend who turned out to be Alexander Lisi; a former employee of Ford’s who has been charged with drug dealing.
Ford did, however, offer up a pretty strong defense. It was his ‘private’ time and what he does in his ‘private’ time is nobody’s business but his even if it is done in public while he is wearing the Mayor’s hat.
The day pretty much unraveled after that.
Within a short time, a second video was released showing the Mayor sitting and chatting with his Lisi and that pretty much put to rest any thoughts that perhaps the Mayor was being unfairly victimized. Even his brother remained silent after the second video surfaced.
Many of Ford’s supporters have tried to portray his binge drinking and drug use as a personal problem that is unrelated to his role as Mayor. I disagree. Rob Ford’s official title is Chief Magistrate and he is responsible, among other things, for overseeing the enforcement and upholding of the law – you know, those same laws he has repeatedly admitted breaking.
It seems questionable at best for Toronto’s Chief Magistrate to be having dinner with someone charged with a serious felony. As Chief Magistrate, the Mayor is expected to remain impartial and that means he must be seen to be impartial. It’s a tad challenging to achieve that if you’re having dinner with the accused.
It’s a bizarre circumstance at best. The Mayor of Canada’s largest city is a cartoon character, a buffoon who has even less self-respect than he does respect for his office or the people of the city.
“Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That’s why they’re successful in life. (Sic) I’m telling you, the Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over.” – Rob Ford
He relishes his new-found celebrity but lacks the intellectual fire-power to understand that it is based on making fun of him. People around the world are not laughing with him, they’re laughing at him and by association, the people who have been loyal to him and supported him.
He is a bumbling fool who has achieved little of consequence – a disgrace to his office who has by his own admission, broken the law, endangered the lives of others by drinking while driving and made unbelievable statements about women and his own wife in particular. He is not the fiscal conservative he claims to be, he’s all hat and no substance; someone who says things he thinks his supporters want him to say but who doesn’t deliver.
He has lied, deceived and turned Toronto City Council into a carnival side show – as if it needed the extra help to achieve that.
None of it will matter.
The Ford Village will continue to defend him; he will continue to waddle about making outlandish, foolish pronouncements and in the end, turn the Mayoralty election into just one more absurdity in his lengthy list of disreputable conduct.
The only good news is that soon enough, he will be gone and when he is perhaps the people of Toronto will elect a real mayor rather than a cartoon character that makes Homer Simpson look positively intellectual.
Hopefully, when he finally does go – he’ll take his brother with him. I think Canada has indulged the Ford Brothers Travelling Road Show long enough.
“I am a roll model.” – Rob Ford on Sun News Network
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