Weeks ago, Ford came to attention of international media for his bumbling antics and roly-poly figure. While his "drunk Uncle" routine made him the butt of late-nite comedians' jokes, it soon became clear that there was more to the story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCHHyFVaYdk
Like Breaking Bad's Walter White, Ford's persona has become ever darker and more bizarre with each new revelation. Rumors of drug use heightened as local police revealed that they had videotape evidence of Mayor Ford's smoking crack cocaine with known gang members. After weeks of repeatedly denying the charges, he finally admitted to his drug use when confronted with irrefutable evidence.
But even his confession was marked by an odd line of defense. At the press conference earlier this week, wearing a characteristically wacky necktie, he blamed his crack cocaine use on judgement impaired by "a drunken stupor". More than one cable TV news crew has speculated jokingly what a shame it is that Saturday Night Live's, Chris Farley isn't around to lampoon Mayor Ford. Yes. What a shame. If only he hadn't died tragically of…you know…a drug overdose, we could've all had a good laugh.
All of which brings us to today's latest revelation. A tape has surfaced that shows Ford going off like De Niro's Al Capone in the Untouchables. Maybe the context is missing here, but it's hard to look at that and honestly say that this man should be running the fourth largest city in North America. (WARNING: strong, but slurred, language.). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcPD7tzcU60
Maybe the oddest part to the whole Rob Ford saga is his reputation's resilience when it comes to bad news. Since the allegations of drug use surfaced, his poll numbers among Toronto residents have actually gone up. Whether he survives these latest bombshells politically is up to the voters. Surviving them physically is up to him.