An Unholy Alliance

Oh, what polls will do to some people.

With panic breaking out in the streets at the prospect of Rob Ford becoming Toronto’s next mayor, some arm twisting and politicking has begun in and around the campaign. The question is: Should Anyone But Ford (ABF) really be Everyone For Smitherman (EFS)? The Toronto Star is all over that idea with articles on both Thursday and Friday touting George Smitherman as our only saviour from the gruesome fate of a Ford victory on October 25th. This pissed off a Twitter-sphere of Rob Ford fanatics who called out bias on the Star which is funny coming from a group of people getting their news from the Toronto Sun. And each other.

But as much as it pains me to say, I have to agree with the Fordites on this one. Not so much on the bias angle although, I will admit, that the Star was front and centre in vilifying the Miller administration and hounding Adam Giambrone into political exile. No, this time I’m in agreement with people I seldom agree with on the idea of EFS. What’s your thinking on this, Toronto Star?

I know anywhere from 55-60% of us here can’t even begin to get our heads around the notion of His Worship Rob Ford. Everything that is within our legal, democratic power needs to be done to avert that inevitable train wreck. But what’s the idea of everyone else stepping aside for George Smitherman?

The man has run a shitty, shitty campaign. His numbers began to drop almost as soon as he officially declared himself a candidate and he’s done nothing to stem the flow. Instead of standing back aghast (like most of us) as the Ford campaign began to gather steam, and hold on tightly to the centre/centre-right vote (as big a presence as Rob Ford is, ideologically he occupies a small fraction of the small  ‘c’ conservative vote), Smitherman rushed to embrace him. This only served to legitimize Ford as a viable political entity.

Smitherman had profile, money and this election from the very beginning was his to lose. So far he’s proceeded to do just that. His campaign’s performance has been so bad that it stuns me to think the man ever won an election. Yet, the good people at the Toronto Star want to reward such incompetence by insisting that everyone else now pack it in and allow Smitherman to blunder on?

On top of which, there are those of us on the left side of the spectrum who might not cherish the prospect of a two candidate, far right-further right battle for mayor. At least not with over a month still to go before the election. This call to anti-Ford order under the EFS banner feels a little premature, and not half calculated to prop up a sagging campaign that has done little to warrant the kind of strategic consideration being asked of voters.

Take a deep breath, Mr. Hepburn, Ms. Doolittle and everyone else over at the Toronto Star. It’s not time to pull the ripcord on this yet, let alone start worrying about the reserve chute. Just because you’ve pushed the panic button and are demanding we fall in behind your candidate of choice, a few of us out here still think there’s a lot of game still to be played and George Smitherman hasn’t proven to anyone but you that he’s the go-to guy.

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4 Responses to An Unholy Alliance

  1. Selwyn Firth says:

    You and the citizens of this fair city have 28 days to decide whom to elect. If they had any brains they would seriously look at the other candidates platforms understand what the problems the city faces and choose someone who might actually be able to make a difference. The problem is we do not get a lot ov elegible voter participation and so the contests are one by those who can get about 11 percent of the elctorate to cast a ballot.

    If the city imposed a rebatable apathy tax on the voters of say 100$ spread over 4 years even the poor could tolerate the imposition, especially if they had it returned is their name was crossed off at the polling station.
    Thos who chose to not vote could effectively spoil their ballot or even decline it as has been done in both Federal and Provincial elections.

    The collected “Apathy “tax revenues would only be rebate to thos who voted the remainder would then be used to support such things as the Arts and Scholarships, nary a cent would go to supporting our tax burden.

    This concept is too far fetched for any but those with knowledge and an ability to grasp it to make sense, but I feel strongly that if a person knew that by voting his hard earned $ 100 would be returned to him for doing something that he or she should have anyway he would vote. If he chose not to the money would justly go to a good cause at no expense to the voters of the city.
    Selwy Firth for Mayor

  2. Effie says:

    Rob Ford says he will cancel all programs for poor tenants.

    He is opposed to this by the two groups who represent tenants Acorn Toronto and the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations and by One Toronto that represents an overwhelming majority of citizens of Toronto.

    Come to the One Toronto Stop Ford meeting
    Monday, September 27
    7:30 pm
    Church of the Holy Trinity — 10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre)

  3. Esn says:

    I don’t think it is a good idea, to put it lightly, for the Toronto Star to tie its own reputation to Smitherman’s.

    Pantalone and Ford are the polar opposites in this campaign, but they do have one thing in common: they have a long track record of doing what they are now campaigning for. You know what you’ll get when voting for them. This is not something to be said of the others, Smitherman most of all.

    The way I see it:

    if I vote for Pantalone, I get more of the past 7 years
    if I vote for Rob Ford, I get Rob Ford; probably fewer or ineffective big plans but more attention to little things
    if I vote for Smitherman, I’m voting for whoever influences Smitherman (because the man is a hired gun, not a leader), and I don’t know who that is going to be. It could be the Ontario Liberals, or the Chinese, or the American Tea Party. Maybe all of them.

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