Friday, May 24, 2013

"Contrarian Advice to Rob Ford: Don't Say Another Word."

Interesting approach from David Eddie at the Globe and Mail.

His advice column is readable and sensible-lots of good common sense. Unlike that ghastly woman from Slate, or the shmaltzy trite in the Toronto Star.

I hope Ford reads this one. 

"The one thing the public cannot forgive is having their intelligence insulted by a too-obvious nose-stretcher. Anything else – hey, we’re all human. But I think it’s naive to think pulling a “Ralph Klein” will help Rob Ford. Either what’s alleged to be on that tape is true, or it isn’t. If it is – well, what’s alleged is no mere indiscretion, or even an understandable battle with the bottle."

"If Rob Ford were to come forward to say that what’s on the tape is real, I can’t imagine how that day would be anything other than the last day of his mayoralty, and no amount of references to rehab or “one day at a time” would change that."

"And if the video is a fabrication – well, he’s already said it’s “ridiculous.” What more is there to say? Rob Ford’s best bet – in terms of hanging onto office as long as he can – is to adopt the old-school approach and say absolutely nothing until he absolutely has to. It’s a long shot, but at this point it seems like about the only shot he’s got."