Monday, November 26, 2012

What Happens for Ford Nation Now?

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.

1 comment:

  1. Schadenfreude moment du jour—hoist with one's own petard.

    Anyway, the legal predicament that faced the judge in handing down his ruling reminds all of us about the perils of mandatory minimums.

    As was pointed out elsewhere by Scott Tribe:
    "A left-wing conspiracy … that was ruled on by a judge who was appointed by the Harper Conservatives and also happened to be the judge who threw out the Helena Guergis lawsuit against Harper. Somehow, I don’t think that will be mentioned too much by Ford and Company."