I doubt that there are many people on the continent who haven't heard the name of Rob Ford by now. Here is a man who seems to be doing his absolute best to become a household name - and it looks like he's succeeding. Whether history will cast him as some kind of anti-hero remains to be seen because I don't know if history will be written by a bunch of drunken crack heads, but there's always that chance.
This pantomime is hopefully in its final act, but fuelled by media hysteria (of the wrong kind), there's also the prospect of it dragging on interminably for months. It strikes me that amid the strangely frenetic scramble of trying to get a fresh sound bite from the idiotic mayor - and the even stranger scramble to get photos of him, dressed the same as any other day, going into his office through the same door, every day - somewhere the plot has been swamped by sensationlism.
Here are what I, an ordinary guy, feel are the most salient points;
1. He has been buying and using controlled substances while in office.
2. He has publicly lied about his drug use.
That pretty much covers it. There doesn't need to be anything more, and here's why:
In order to purchase drugs (and in at least one case that we know of, in the course of using them), he has been consorting with the criminal fraternity. He's been mixing with them, getting intoxicated with them, and sharing 'stuff' with them. There is a strong likelihood that he has made promises that he cannot expect to keep, or which he hopes to keep very quietly. pressure will have been brought to bear - criminals, after all, have few scruples, it's what makes them criminal. Whether he has or not made promises is immaterial really - he has made himself available to some of the lowest forms of life in Toronto, and has done so in a vulnerable condition. Who knows what he has said? From video evidence we have already seen how easily he loses control of his mouth. If anybody seriously believes in their hearts that this guy was caught on video on the very first occasion he consorted with those low-lifes, then I'm afraid they are naive and delusional. The man is utterly compromised and cannot be trusted in public office.
He has persistently lied - both precisely and deliberately vaguely - about his substance abuse. He has done so in a way that has painted him as a hapless victim of a witch-hunt. That's another big lie, as has been fully demonstrated - the media reports and stories have been utterly vindicated. He cannot be trusted. He has been shown to be a manipulative liar, and fresh evidence of his duplicitous behaviour emerges almost daily.
The flip side of this coin is an undeniable groundswell of support from what is called 'Ford Nation', although I am sorry to say that I'm not surprised. There are, sadly, a great many people - possibly even the majority - that are really not very bright, and this kind of story and the support that RF is receiving from the Redneck element illustrates that a lot of our neighbours don't have the computing power to understand what is going on. The true nature of Ford's activities will probably only surface in the years following his fall from power, but it doesn't take a brain surgeon to work out the likely skeletons in that particular closet. If there's no smoke without fire (and we have plenty of both with this story), there sure as hell will be plenty of glowing embers left behind after this particular barn burns down.