Coke is it

From The Telegraph in London:

Crack-smoking antics of Rob Ford do not appear to have put off his supporters, poll shows.

And this from The Australian:

Nigella ‘Higella’ Lawson had the taste for cocaine, her ex-husband has told a court.

Illegal narcotics are a curse on our society but they are as deeply embedded as alcohol and are used extensively by our political elites. But it is only conservatives who will be whipsawed into political destruction by even a hint of such impropriety. I am no defender of the use of cocaine but I am not content to let the sanctimonious hypocritical mobs of the left deprive us of some of our potential leaders because of rules they do not abide by themselves. I will be surprised if this revelation about Nigella Lawson ruins her career but it might (she is, after all, the daughter of Nigel Lawson). But if she were an established participant on the right, whatever the facts of the case might be, the certainty would be that her career would be over.

As for the real Rob Ford, or at least for another side, see this.

Journalists are not hypocrites – they’re on the left

Which one of the following do you suppose is getting a lot of grief from the media. First there’s this one:

Yes! Toronto’s underground hit of 2010, our exclusive Vote For Rob Ford – He’s Not A Communist shirts are back, by popular demand (thanks to a mayor who can’t stay out of the news). Unofficially issued in limited numbers during Ford’s winning election campaign, this one has been unavailable since then. Members of Ford Nation can show their support for their beleaguered Mayor by buying one and wearing it around ‘left-wing pinkos’! (as Don Cherry puts it).

And then there’s this one:

Described by CNN as the ‘unabashed liberal,’ de Blasio is actually to the left of Barack Obama, in the sense that de Blasio didn’t disavow his communist background once it came to light. At least Obama tried to cover up his ties to communist Frank Marshall Davis.

De Blasio had scrubbed the Marxist connections from his campaign website, an omission that momentarily captured the attention of The New York Times. But once these connections and controversies came to light, he embraced his sordid history. He still embraces liberation theology and his work for the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.

Actually, I’m not going to tell you which is which. You’ll just have to guess. But I have been following Rob Ford for quite some time with Toronto having been the city of my birth and with family and friends having voted for him in large numbers. A year ago a video surfaced in which he may or may not have been viewed as smoking crack cocaine which he now admits that he had. The result. His approval ratings went up except in the media where they have lain in state from the very start.

Meanwhile, the second is about the much loved (by the media) just-elected mayor of New York. When his communist past came up rather than stepping back he admitted to it all. He naturally won in a landslide.

All this is discussed in an article posted at Quadrant Online, which also discusses the single most shocking and disreputable act by a politician in the United States over the past twelve months, the discovery that Rand Paul’s speeches, which he no doubt wrote and researched himself since that’s the kind of thing US Senators do, contain plagiarised material. But don’t you worry, the media are right on top of it.

Knowing when to take a hard line

In Toronto, my native born city, they elect a mayor of a more libertarian persuasion so he is hassled and harried for smoking crack cocaine as captured on a video something like a year ago. He has, in fact, been hassled and harried by the good and the just since the day he took office. I’m not even sure he can be prosecuted for what he did, but that won’t get the dogs called off.

The Mayor can be removed from office only if incarcerated or through a defeat at the polls, legal experts said. Police have said there is nothing in the images that could lead to an arrest.

Something of the nature of Rob Ford’s politics might be discerned from this which have just now come back into fashion:

Yes! Toronto’s underground hit of 2010, our exclusive Vote For Rob Ford – He’s Not A Communist shirts are back, by popular demand (thanks to a mayor who can’t stay out of the news). Unofficially issued in limited numbers during Ford’s winning election campaign, this one has been unavailable since then. Members of Ford Nation can show their support for their beleaguered Mayor by buying one and wearing it around ‘left-wing pinkos’! (as Don Cherry puts it).

Meanwhile, in New York, there is a story of another mayor who has just been elected. At long last a Democrat and a breath of fresh air as this story reports a version of which you can find in just about any media story anywhere in the US and here as well.

De Blasio has campaigned hard against the yawning gulf between rich and poor, ‘a tale of two cities’ and for minority rights.

He has traded heavily on his family.

Like the Clintons, he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, have run as a package. Poet, editor, feminist and activist, she is a constant fixture by his side.

Their 16-year-old son Dante, instantly recognisable by his halo of Afro hair, has been credited with helping to turn around the campaign with an emotive TV ad about how great his dad is.

Deeply touching, heartwarming no doubt. But for a more nuanced approach, you might try this from a less than mainstream source:

Described by CNN as the ‘unabashed liberal,’ de Blasio is actually to the left of Barack Obama, in the sense that de Blasio didn’t disavow his communist background once it came to light. At least Obama tried to cover up his ties to communist Frank Marshall Davis.

De Blasio had scrubbed the Marxist connections from his campaign website, an omission that momentarily captured the attention of The New York Times. But once these connections and controversies came to light, he embraced his sordid history. He still embraces liberation theology and his work for the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.

He’ll fit right in with the new breed of American politician and he will certainly get a good press. Glen Reynolds has the right attitude:

PUTTING TOGETHER A FILM FESTIVAL IN HONOR OF DE BLASIO’S ELECTION AS MAYOR OF NEW YORK. So far I’m planning to show Death Wish, Taxi Driver, Fort Apache, the Bronx, and Escape From New York. And maybe Serpico. Any other suggestions? . . .

But there are still scandals and the media are maintaining their proud tradition of holding politicians to an appropriately high standard as shown here:

The Washington Times newspaper announced that it is ending a regular column by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul following a series of plagiarism charges against his work. . . .

‘We expect our columnists to submit original work and to properly attribute material, and we appreciate that the senator and his staff have taken responsibility for an oversight in one column,’ said Times Editor John Solomon in the piece announcing the decision. [I have added the bolding.]

As is well known, every politician researches and writes their own speeches and newspaper columns. Unlike lying to the public over the IRS, Benghazi, the NSA, the effect of changes to a major piece of legislation affecting the health of a nation, an oversight of this magnitude is a hanging offence and they were of course absolutely right to take the hard line they took.