THIS WHOLE ROB FORD STORY IS NOW OFFICIALLY SAD

TorontoThe further revelations of the past couple of days with respect to the whole fiasco with Mayor Rob Ford just leave me shaking my head. This really has turned into a sad, sad story.

Of course, the late night comedians have had a field day lately targeting the Mayor, using lines like “drunken stupor” this and “drunken stupor” that. I never thought I would ever see the day a mayor of Toronto was ridiculed on TV by Jay Leno, or Jimmy Kimmel, or anyone else like that.

Anyway, they’ll have even more to tee off on now with the emergence of the latest, most embarrassing video yet. This newest video, which the Toronto Star apparently paid for, is really a new low.

The video shows Ford ranting and raving like a lunatic and talking about wanting to “kill” someone.

Ford’s reaction was to say he was obviously “extremely, extremely inebriated.” Well, at least he didn’t refer to himself as being in a “drunken stupor” again. That would have only meant more jokes. 

Anyway, the joke is over as far as I am concerned. Something has got to be done to get this mayor into rehab, or detox, or something, right now before this humiliation goes on any further or before he does serious harm to himself.

All his friends and allies are sick of this. Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, usually a reliable Ford ally on most things at City Hall, is now saying Ford must be “shown the door.” A longtime Ford family friend, finance minister Jim Flaherty, was tearing up in public over this whole mess and saying it was up to Ford to get help.

Just today we’ve learned that the Ford radio show on Newstalk 1010 is now kaput, off the air by “mutual consent.” Now we are hearing word that maybe, just maybe, Ford might finally listen to all the advice people have been telling him —that he should deal with his problems and take time off, for a while. 

It couldn’t come so0n enough for Ford, or his fellow Conservatives. The longer this whole Ford distraction continues, the harder it is for Conservatives to focus attention on the controversial statements made by other politicians in the other political parties — such as, for instance, the thoughts of the leader of the Liberals and future Prime Minister of Canada Justin TrudeauYou know what Trudeau said the other day? That he admires China.  See it for yourself.

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