Canadians: Is there some sort of reasonable explanation for this Robert Ford madness?
So, okay, you elected a terrible politician to a position of significant power. Happens to the best of us. Alright, he may have smoked a little (or a lot) of crack with some drug dealers that he happens to know. Yeah, alright, he was a really terrible person. We've had a few of those. And, sure, okay, he and his supporters are fighting the charges. Also, quite understandable. And now he's, uh, admitting to it spontaneously at a live press conference. Okay. And now here's a tape of him in the middle of some kind of mad rant where he's threatening to kill people. And of course, he's refusing to resign.
See, I get the initial mistake part, it's just that, there seem to be a pretty significant number of Torontoans who are still supporting this madman. And yes, I realize we don't have a lot of stones to throw here, what with that fellow we don't much talk about who crashed the world economy and destabilized a rather significant equatorial region. But. But, for all his faults, the man didn't admit to hard drug use while in office. Generally, at this point in a wacky scandal, the cognitive dissonance dissolves, and people start blaming the person who was in the wrong (happily avoiding re-examining the beliefs which led to supporting him). Bizarrely, you do not seem to have reached this stage. I'm reading a lot of "The media was out to get him!" and "This will all be taken care of if he just goes on a weight loss program." (No, seriously.)
I would kind of understand if this had happened in one of your more far-flung provinces. But this is Toronto, relatively cosmopolitan, boring Toronto. They're famous for banking and athletic failure. What am I missing here, Canadians? This is really shaken my faith in you as a reasonable, well-governed democracy.