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August 28th, 2014 - 11:44 am

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Will Rob Ford again and still be the mayor of Toronto? Dan Rath says maybe, yes:

I would dearly love to be wrong. But when I share my disturbing outlook with friends and colleagues, most of them ardent social progressives and realistic fiscal conservatives, they think it through, hang their heads and mutter through clenched teeth that I’m probably right.

Factor one is the entrenchment in western culture of politics as a spectator sport. It’s been an American thing for decades — since actor Ronald Reagan became governor of California in 1967, followed generations later by pro wrestler Jesse Ventura in Minnesota in 1999 and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger in California in 2003, cartoon-character candidates with off-the-scale name recognition have been tough to beat in single-candidate elections like a mayoralty race. A name sufficiently burned into the public mind can turn a stuffy election into a really fun game, a phenomenon best captured by an Arnie voter who famously told CBC: “Why am I voting for him? I just want to see what happens.”

Are Toronto voters that callow and naive, that disrespectful of their franchise? I’ll go out on a limb and say Yes . . . more than a few of them.

Oh, Canada.

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There's two things happening here and driving this.

1. Outside of the Old City, Olivia Chow is so loathed that the driving choice for many voters is ABC - Anybody But Chow. She's notable only because of her late husband (the sainted Jack Layton, a real piece of leftist work with a sterling but wildly undeserved reputation) and is somewhere to the left of Marx. She'd be a trainwreck of a mayor on a scale not yet seen (and this in a city who'se last 3 Mayors have been trainwrecks).

2. The other leading candidate is John Tory, a soft conservative who specializes in losing elections from the front, he's managed to lose a provincial election against a wildly unpopular incumbent, and a city election to Ford. Just about nobody thinks he can actually win, they just hope so as he's the least bad option.

So given those two situations, Ford is polling well. A huge chunk of his support though is against Chow rather than for him and simply thinks that Tory will find some way to lose the race before the election.
16 weeks ago
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Okay, presonally Rob Ford seems like a trainwreck that hit a dumpster fire, but I'm wondering how effective he is as a mayor? Does he get decent results?
16 weeks ago
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He did for a while, but Toronto has a weak mayor system, and Ford has antagonized Council to the point where they'd happily light him on fire if they could get away with it. If he gets re-elected, nothing happens for the next four years.
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Note that's what many are hoping for. Deadlock is the best option with Toronto City Council. It'll give 4 years of vacation from them trying to do something.
16 weeks ago
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The Toronto Star - seriously? That's like quoting the NYT south of the border.

Ford is indeed a "fiscal conservative". When the Unions don't like you, you know you're doing something right. (for proof, see the link below)

http://cupe2087.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/rob-ford-the-movie/

Admittedly he's not perfect (who is?); but he's willing to take on the Unions... which beats the hell out of anyone else running for the same position.

Cheers,

Russ(tovich)
16 weeks ago
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Is it at all possible the unions don't like him because of his crack habit?
16 weeks ago
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No. They hated him years before the drug video came to light. Miller, Ford's predecessor, caved aggressively to unions. Ford negotiated hard against them, and got them to sign some rather unfavourable deals. Ford's campaign slogan in the last election was "Stop the gravy train!", which was basically code for "F*** the unions!".
16 weeks ago
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Is it at all possible the unions don't like him because of his crack habit?
16 weeks ago
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Anyone who calls Ronald Reagan a cartoon character needs the clue-by-four treatment.
16 weeks ago
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"[M]ost of them ardent social progressives and realistic fiscal conservatives"
Does that mean that pay for the abortions of poor women and that they don't pay for the abortions of poor women?
People who are both social liberals and fiscal conservatives exist in theory only. I bet that Obama would describe himself as both a social progressive and a fiscal conservative. The Republicans just refuse to let him tax enough to pay the country's bills. Not his fault.
16 weeks ago
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Have you ever listened to our proprietor talk about his politics? Soft libertarianism FTW.
16 weeks ago
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Could be worse - consider his predecessor.
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