A good day for Rob Ford the man
Well now it's out. The mayor stepped out of his office and goaded reporters into asking him the question all over again. And he answered. And it was remarkable to watch. You could see the weight coming off his shoulders. We were looking at a man who has lied and lied and lied for six months suddenly standing naked before the city admitting that yes its true he drank so much he couldn't even remember someone taking a video of him smoking crack. It’s completely believable. He got drunk, someone handed him a crack pipe, taped him smoking it and then thought they had struck the jackpot. When the whole thing became clear he was so humiliated and so terrified of losing a position he loves to hold that he lied about it.
Watching this afternoon’s exchange with the press you couldn’t help but see how different he looked telling the truth. He was honest, vulnerable and human. People are asking me what his game is. I don't think he has one. I think he finally decided the lie could not continue. He was staring at the end of his political career and the end of what the Ford family continues to regard as some kind of dynasty.
Would I like to hear him apologize to the people he called maggots and pathological liars? Yes. But let's take what we got today; honesty. Which is oddly refreshing. And now is not the time to pile on.