Don’t count Rob Ford out just yet

posted at 1:01 pm on August 30, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Sometimes we have trouble coming to acceptance in the face of imminent loss, and at times like that it’s easy to latch on to false hopes. If you’re a blogger or just a lover of good political snark, you were probably saddened at the thought of losing the true gem of the North, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto. I mean, as much fun as we’ve had with him, the ride had to end eventually, right? Well, don’t make arrangements for his political funeral just yet. As Doug Mataconis noticed, the voters of Toronto don’t seem to be ready to toss Ford to the curb just yet.

Notwithstanding a plethora of political and personal problems, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could end up being re-elected:

Today in the politics-we-just-don’t-get-you-sometimes department, we have the latest polling from the Toronto mayoral race, which will take place in October. Mayor Rob Ford, who has faced calls for resignation and low approval ratings after admitting to an alcohol problem and cocaine use, is in second place. The candidate who was in the lead, Olivia Chow, has dropped to third place in the latest Forum Research poll, released Thursday. Ford’s other opponent, John Tory, has 34 percent of the vote, and Rob Ford is only three (3!) percentage points behind him — the highest support he’s registered this year. In the last poll, from late July, all three leading candidates were in a dead heat.

It may still be too much to hope for, but I can dream, can’t I? With all of the continually depressing news coming out of American politics, we need something to lighten the mood, and what’s better than laughing at Canada? Rob Ford has provided so much fodder for the American media – from bloggers to cable news to late night shows – that he should be up for some sort of award. Even in the midst of what should be the end of his political career, Rob was still delivering the goods over a fight with raccoons.

In a dog-eat-dog world, Toronto’s most adorable menace might think they’re just doing what it takes to survive — even, it turns out, stare down Rob Ford.

“I’ve had some stand-offs with some raccoons,” the mayor told reporters at city hall on Monday.

“Seriously, they just look at you, and they’re not scared anymore. It used to be you could yell or scream at them, [now] they just look at you. I mean, right up to my front door.”

You hang in there, ,buddy. And keep fighting for election. The world of political news would be a sadder, more bleak place without you.


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Schadenfreude on August 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

“I’ve had some stand-offs with some raccoons,” the mayor told reporters at city hall on Monday.

“Seriously, they just look at you, and they’re not scared anymore. It used to be you could yell or scream at them, [now] they just look at you. I mean, right up to my front door.”

Someone might want to break it to the mayor that those are actually rabid skunks that need to be shot on sight.

Ruckus_Tom on August 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

From what I’ve heard, Ford is actually pretty popular because people like the policies he’s implemented. If it wasn’t for his personal issues he’d be a shoo-in.

Caiwyn on August 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Jimmy Carter had a run-in with a rabbit. Ford has raccoons. But given Ford’s lack of sobriety, all we can safely say is that it’s evidently something small with 4 feet and a tail.

GarandFan on August 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Rob Ford is a conservative who doesn’t give a sh*t about political correctness plus he saves the city millions of dollars by cutting frivolous left wing waste. The leftard elite of Toronto are dying with shame and frustration. He is obviously human and can go on a bender but he does his job well. You should add some salt to your leftwing bullsh*t sandwiches.

BL@KBIRD on August 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

But we have the tar sands, we have a conservative Prime Minister, we have Tim Higgins for hiking….Jazz writes abooot….Rob Fornado.

Facepalm.

can_con on August 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Hortons

can_con on August 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Comments on a smartphone are a fool’s errand.

can_con on August 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Why not, didn’t they strip his office of any real power? So now he’s a tourist attraction. They better be careful they might end up with a Jessie Ventura or Al Franken.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Can we trade him for Obama? Think Toronto would go for that?

Fenris on August 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

As Doug Mataconis noticed, the voters of Toronto don’t seem to be ready to toss Ford to the curb just yet.

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, Americans elected Obama to a second time. I think that Ford will do far less damage.

whbates on August 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I will definitely vote for him. The two other serious candidates are Olivia Chow (marxist) and John Tory (responsible for 3 successive liberal governments as losing Conservative leader and lost to Ford last time). Tory is similar to Romney.

gh on August 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Cocaine is a helluva drug…

JohnGalt23 on August 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Something about a person who is highly energized with greatly reduced inhibitions that Somehow leads to trouble, that’s the cocaine+alcohol legacy!

Good times.

Tard on August 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Someone might want to break it to the mayor that those are actually rabid skunks that need to be shot on sight.

Ruckus_Tom on August 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

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The government of Toronto has rejected that solution! Idiots! Here’s the basis for not “culling” the raccoon population: “They were here first.” Yeah, that’s really reasonable and puts public safety first. Be on the alert for an increase in the incidence of rabies in the supposedly human population of Toronto.

ExpressoBold on August 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Well he does love his country so Canada is better off with him than we are with stylin’ Barry.

fogw on August 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

You can’t stop Rob Ford!

BKennedy on August 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Actually, Ford even having a chance tells you everything you need to know about the character and intelligence of the average Canadian.

Knott Buyinit on August 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I don’t know, our big cities are full of leftist weenies, they are all like San Francisco or New York. Probably even worse, they elect a lot of NDP candidates federally, who are way to the left.

I don’t understand how so many people who own million dollar houses can elect the socialists who only want to raise taxes to provide affordable (read subsidised) housing.

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Canuckistan on August 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Actually, Ford even having a chance tells you everything you need to know about the character and intelligence of the average Canadian.

Knott Buyinit on August 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

At the moment, I’de trade the policies of Stephen Harper for Barack Obama in a heartbeat. It’s easier to do business in the western provinces than it is in the USA. Indeed, it’s a bit like the USA in the ’80s.
Even Rob Ford is a reaction to the flaccid, leftist, mamby-pamby BS polite Toronto affectation. He represents the hoser rather than the academic socialists that infest that city. Besides, we’ve had our own crackheads as mayors and the poodle muncher admits to doing coke as well.

When you look at Canada under the Trudeau era, their debt to GDP ratio which was has high as ours is now and the simply awful governance they had and look at how they dug their way out of it; it shows how the USA can be turned around, or at least that problems like ours can be overcome.

V7_Sport on August 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Hortons

can_con on August 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Red Green!

Talon on August 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

[now] they just look at you. I mean, right up to my front door.”

I had a mouse in my old house like that. I won.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

[now] they just look at you. I mean, right up to my front door.”

I had a mouse in my old house like that. I won.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

If you like, find a mouse in a beer bottle, like, the brewery is suppose to give you a free case of beer…

oscarwilde on August 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Actually, Ford even having a chance tells you everything you need to know about the character and intelligence of the average Canadian.

Knott Buyinit on August 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Actually, Obama even having a chance tells you everything you need to know about the character and intelligence of the average American.

I think this fits you better than Canada.

BL@KBIRD on August 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

How bad must the other candidates be if this clown is competitive?

cat_owner on August 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Ford is in public what Wilbur Mills was in private.

Sorry to all you fresh-faced young hipsters who never heard of Wilbur.

Adjoran on August 30, 2014 at 4:54 PM

How bad must the other candidates be if this clown is competitive?

cat_owner on August 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

This bad (from a Rex Murphy column about the same polling data at the National Post):

But some of the credit plainly goes to Olivia Chow. When asked during a media event how she would be different from Rob Ford’s tax-and-spend mayoral predecessor, David Miller, she offered the sneering reply: “I’m not white. Not male. Want to start there?”

On top of that, despite living almost her entire life in Canada and being a Federal MP (and wife of the leader of the opposition), she only barely speaks English.

MichiCanuck on August 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

MichiCanuck on August 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That won’t work in Canada? It’s a winning campaign here in the US.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM