His entire strategy – his entire plan – was this:
- Wait for Rob Ford to be thrown in jail.
- Wait for Rob Ford to be forced out of the race.
Well, here’s what is going to happen, after Mayor Crackhead returns from wherever it is he is:
- Rob Ford will be slimmer.
- Rob Ford will look a lot healthier.
- Rob Ford will sound more lucid than he’s sounded in years.
If he returns in June, one of his closest friends has told me, he risks falling off the wagon again. If he returns in September, however, he will be a force to be reckoned with. And that’s not guesswork. That’s what everyone’s research is showing.
You know my view: the antidote to a revitalized, surging Rob Ford is Olivia Chow. It isn’t John Tory. As the Star’s Royson James suggests this morning, Tory probably can’t beat Ford, now or later. And here is just one of the many reasons why: Tory, as PC leader, did what he is doing now – he makes loads of promises, but he doesn’t tell anyone how he’ll pay for them. He doesn’t tell anyone how they’ll work. He doesn’t have specifics.
His judgment also stinks, but that’s a post for another day.