Yikes! This is going to be a nightmare
okay, so who thought it was a good idea to have unstructured time during the City TV mayoral debate? Trust me, I used to teach children; they need structure. I figured last night's outing would be a chance to preview the strategies of each of the candidates. Instead it was merely a preview of what a migraine inducing exercise this campaign is going to be. And election day is exactly seven months from now.
The real problem was evident right away; Rob Ford doesn't have to beat the other candidates. He just has to win. The remaining four have to take down three or four of their opponents in order to cobble together a coalition of voters and carry the day. So Stinz needs to take down Chow and Tory, Tory needs to take out Ford and Chow and Soknacki....well I don't know what Soknacki needs to do.
But here's some advice for those running against Ford; you need to take on the criminal stuff. And when Ford says it's nothing to be ashamed of you have to say it is. And when other candidates lie or make things up you need to call them a liar. There is no way to stay above this fray. You don't win an MMA match by being elegant. This campaign is going to be brutal and you might as well roll your sleeves up right now or get out.