Despite its increasingly small size over his term, Rob Ford is essentially a lame duck. Yes, he'll fight the conflict-of-interest ruling 'til its very end, but even if he survives through it, his credibility is shot on several fronts and a comeback, while not impossible, is still highly improbable.
If Ford loses his appeal, then we'll likely see Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday become the new Mayor. I don't know much about this guy, except that he was once mayor of Etobicoke, where I lived for quite a few years. My co-blogger Teddy does know more about Holyday though, so maybe we can look forward to a piece on him.
The ruling also allows Ford to run again, even if he is kicked out - but his goose is cooked, I think. Its hard to think of even one positive news story about him in the last couple of years.
As I said once before, Ford has only brought this upon himself. I just saw his sycophant Giorgio Mammoliti on TV saying that this was down to the "left wing forces of Toronto," but the problem is that had Ford been a little more give-and-take, a little more friendly, and a little less stupid with his actions on City Council, he could've made allies instead of a whole rash of enemies. Even so, the belief that the lefties did this is unfounded - those councillors didn't force Ford into a conflict-of-interest, Ford brought that upon himself.
I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out, as well as who steps up to the leadership plate for both the "left-wing forces" and "Ford Nation." Both these constituencies are going to be looking for new leaders, soon.