If I were a Rob Ford supporter (now there is an unlikely sentence-opener ... reminds me of a conversation I had a while back where I caught myself saying, The good thing about Nickelback ... and started to cough because I was laughing so hard) I might be able to respond to his ouster by saying that he was being railroaded for being true to himself. Mountains out of molehills, I would say. We elected him because he seemed like a regular football-loving guy who didn't care about politics, didn't mind what he wore, hated the artsies and the gays, wanted to save money and look after the suburbs.
All that is still true. He may have bent a few rules but, hey, who doesn't? (Do you tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth on your income tax? You do? Good for you. So do I, in case anyone from Revenue Canada is reading this. Those trips to Vegas were all research! Fascinating place, Vegas. My next book may be set there.) Ford has not changed in the couple of years he has been mayor. We liked him then - why not now?
Comparing the response to the Ford news to Obama's re-election is interesting. The same kinds of people are smiling because the "good guys" have won. In the Obama case the smiles are from relief. In the Ford case the smiles are tinged with this sense of wonder.
Now, the thing about Nickelback is that ...