Friday, January 25, 2013
Kelly McParland: Rob Ford’s victory deals second bitter blow to Ford-hating elite
...the record isn’t what perturbs Ford’s opponents. Never has. What matters is his style and his conservative views. The suburban voters who elected him may be satisfied – many analysts suspect he’d be quickly re-elected if given the chance — but the downtown core is embarrassed. He doesn’t have David Miller’s hair or his political correctness. He doesn’t pledge fealty to unaffordable projects that make them feel good about themselves. He’s a bit bumptious. He says stuff on the radio that offends them. They maintain this is an embarrassment to Toronto, although in reality the embarrassment stems from the chronically childish culture that emanates from city council as a whole, where partisanship reigns, fiscal irresponsibility runs rampant and left-wingers feel free to throw around tax dollars on whatever personal agenda suits them.