The hits just keep on coming with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and for those of you who don’t watch late night US television, the hosts have made significant hay at his expense. We won’t bother listing the jokes, but we will point you to this clip from Comedy Central. It’s the funniest and yet most scathingly honest 6:30 you’ll ever spend out of your lifespan. We’ll wait…
Told you. Now, what to do about it? Of course, no question, Rob Ford should resign, immediately and check into some kind of facility that prohibits the media, or microphones from being anywhere near him for the next several weeks. But that won’t happen.
We have an observation: This is what goes on in the mind of high school bullies who grow up and discover they actually are the decayed husk of a human soul dressed in a flashy suit. They can do the kind of mental gymnastics that Olga Korbut only dreamed about performing during the floor exercises at the 1972 Munich Olympics. They gloss and slip and slide around their behaviours, rendering excuses from here to the Ross Ice Shelf as a way to explain, rationalize or change the subject when caught, in their relentless pursuit of self-aggrandizement, self-denial and near-feral self-defense of their fragile self-image.
Rarely do we get to see someone, especially a public figure, caught this hard and this tightly in their own mess. Ford has made his office into a sideshow spectacle that Toronto will not be able to dig out of for the next decade, but as we laugh ourselves damp in the undergarments, we are also watching another human’s last few days of existence before his ego immolates completely.
That is sad. Nobody should have to go through it with an audience of millions.