Ford and Wynne win
Interesting times in politics but when are things otherwise? I keep hearing from people saying "Hey Moore, Ford won, suck it up!". They must have missed how many times I said I thought the whole process of trying to kick Ford out was illegitimate. It's the same reason I don't believe in recall. You get elected, you get four years. You should have to constantly be beating back people who didn't like the election result. But it is a mistake to characterize what happened last Friday as some major victory for Rob Ford that puts him back on top. He still can't whip a vote on council. His own brother voted against him last week. The only way a failed coup makes you most powerful is if you can execute the plotters and Rob Ford can't have Clayton Ruby Hanged.
I write more about this in my column today in The National Post (not yet on line but I'll update later or you can read it in the print edition). We still have the same mayor, a guy whose major accomplishments happened two years ago and a guy who doesn't seem to have a plan for the next two years. But for those who don't think Rob Ford is the right guy for the job, there's the ballot box in 2014.
As for Wynne, it's a pity someone so capable has been elected to lead a government that is so entirely bankrupt. I'm very impressed with Kathleen Wynne. She's disarmingly calm and candid. She genuinely does say what she thinks. She doesn't blather on in those meaningless sentences most politicians repeat over and over. It's refreshing. Can she turn this government around? Do the liberals even deserve this kind of a second chance? Maybe on the first question. Probably not on the second. But confronted with the prospect of a Hudak or Horvath government, Ontarians may opt to just let things ride a little longer.