Forgeddabout his roughness, his lapses with accuracy, his memory problems, let's look at what Rob Ford has promised to do.
There is a pretty good list set out in the Toronto Sun.
And The Cat likes a lot of these items.
As for those who are now saying that Ford won't be able to implement much because in Toronto a mayor is just one vote on the council, perhaps they should consider this: the wave that swept this guy into power is still out there, waiting for action. And any councillor who decides to oppose this mayor on some of the major items had better think very seriously about whether that wave just might change course a bit, and sweep him or her out of office come the next election.
Especially if they oppose the transparency items Ford has promised (recorded votes, reduction in expense accounts).
Make no bones about it, with near-disaster of the financial meltdown in 2008 still a bitter memory for millions in north America who lost big chunks of their savings, with the "new" capitalism which socializes losses but keeps profits for the few, with the absence of meaningful steps on both sides of the border to bring those who brought about that meltdown to account, and with the many people who don't have jobs or have been forced to accept second-rate jobs instead of meaningful careers, courtesy of the political and business elites, there is a lot of totally justified anger and concern out there.
And a guy like Ford who says that voters are getting screwed gets listened to, as he should.
What do voters want?
Perhaps politicians who pay less attention to getting the right haircut and more to actually standing for something concrete and spelling this out for voters.
The elections of the mayors of Calgary and Toronto are not mistakes.
They are messages.
And the messages count far more than the quirks of the messengers.
Anybody listening, Liberals? Dippers?