JOHN MOORE

Can Ford win again?

Posted By: John Moore · 12/2/2012 10:27:00 AM

John McGrath makes the case for "no" in this excellent post (be patient, he's getting a lot of traffic). McGrath toys with some of the math we were kicking around on Friday. A poll finds that 60% of the people who voted for Rob Ford in 2010 would do so again. That's a great general approval rating but when 40% of the people who voted for you say they wouldn't even consider doing so again that's a pretty grim figure. 

McGrath quotes from a friend of mine who I wrote a column about a couple of years ago in the National Post; John Rogers. He's a comedian turned TV producer and writer (and the new season of his latest show Leverage just debuted). John wrote a blog post in which he coined the phrase The Crazification Factor. By John's thinking about 27% of the electorate are nuts. That was George Bush's baseline support and it's the percentage of voters who will never ever abandon Rob Ford. Loyalty is a good thing but 27% doesn’t feed the cat.

I've been questioning the genuine power of "Ford Nation" for some time. For such a dedicated and passionate group you sure don't hear from them very often. They didn't storm city hall when Ford's transit plan was thrown out and they didn't show up last week at the Rogers Center where they could have watched football while making a statement. Aside from a few front groups set up by the shadowy figures who have run Rob Ford for the last three years there just doesn't seem to be a critical mass out there agitating for Ford to be restored to his throne. 

As McGrath points out, the reason the left lost the last election is because Rob Ford had a solid message and ran against a raft of really crappy candidates. His delivery on his promises has been weak and If a proper candidate runs against Ford he may have a lot more time to coach football next season. And he may be happier for it.

But that's another blog post. 

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  1. Buck Anderson posted on 12/02/2012 12:44 PM
    I AM PART OF THAT 27% YOU LEFT WING PINKO! I LOVE ROB FORD BECAUSE, WELL BASICALLY, I HAVE NO COMMON SENSE, I HATE PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY MY LIFE, CYCLISTS, ANYTHING GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! BASICALLY, I'M JUST A HATER, WHICH IS WHY MY VOTE IS FOR FORD!

    ^^^ That was a spoof by the way and my take on Ford Nation, nut jobs!
    1. Jerry posted on 12/02/2012 09:00 PM
      @Buck Anderson Wow Buck, you do sound like a Hater! You might want to get some help with that, you sure don't sound like A "tolerant, liberal lefty" You sound like someone who hates everyone who doesn't share your views. Maybe you should run for council, then you and Adam could hang out together and make fun of everyone who isn't as slick and forward thinking as you.
  2. Gary Joseph posted on 12/02/2012 11:40 PM
    Hey Jer, leave the malt alone when engaging in the crossfire; Buck clearly stated he "loves" "Wee Robby" and referred to John as a "pinko"; you resonded to him as an Adam Vaugn fan; he definitely doesn't sound like a "tolerant" lefty or righty. Get some sleep, laddy.
    1. Jerry posted on 12/03/2012 11:49 PM
      @Gary Joseph Thanks Gar. Way to clarify for me. Now I think I'll put the Glenfiddich away, and get me some sleep, night night Laddy.
  3. Stand sure posted on 12/03/2012 04:56 AM
    27% ? How many people in this province kept re electing Mc fiberal
  4. proton posted on 12/03/2012 09:34 AM
    rob ford often acts like a buffoon and he's an easy target for those wishing to prey on him. despite that, he has been unwavering in his attempts at building a better city and a less economically wasteful city. the councillors who continually fight with him demonstrate their pettiness as well as their continued disregard for the respect of hardworking taxpayers.

    I suspect, were a by-election to be held, Ford would win handily. Taxpayers are sick and tired of politicians treating the fruits of their hard work as a cookie jar (or gravy train) to waste at their pleasure. They're also disgusted at the numerous and continual attempts to derail the wish of the people who elected Ford in the first place.

    No need to rehash all the waste that has gone on. Those councillors ganging up on Ford want the old days back so they can again disrespect the taxpayers who work very hard to earn a dollar, only to have them waste it as though it grows on trees.

    Of course ontario voters kept voting mcguinty in despite the above so I suppose these councillors can't be blamed for thinking they can also get away with it
  5. Tony Guy posted on 12/04/2012 01:20 PM
    We all know Ford is a buffoon but he was my buffoon, he wanted what I wanted, fiscal comment sense, smaller beaurocracy and less union cost. The problem we have is that if we get a non buffoon candidate to pursue these goals Ford could split the vote. This could result in left winf latte drinking nutjob could squeeze through the middle.
  6. DMCP posted on 12/06/2012 04:28 PM
    How can he not win? The left shot their bullet and missed.
  7. Praba Namasi posted on 12/09/2012 04:35 PM
    Well "no" Not again. Torontonian do not wants people like Rob Ford. WHY?
    He wasted our tax payers money and violated the act. He is not a honest major.
    And even if runs again as a major by the bi election it is waste of tax payers money
    1. DMCP posted on 12/09/2012 10:33 PM
      @Praba Namasi "wasted our tax payer's money"????? your kidding right?
    2. Mike posted on 12/18/2012 05:57 PM
      @Praba Namasi try learing proper ENGLISH before you start putting down a fine upstanding CANADIAN mayor...let me guess, you got in when the LIEBERALS opened the doors to my country to all you 3rd world idiots!!!!!!!!!!
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