Mayor Rob Ford brings cake from his office to offer it to members of the media in celebration of his 44th birthday at City Hall in Toronto, May 28, 2013.
Credits: REUTERS/MARK BLINCH
TORONTO - It was his 44th birthday Tuesday and because, or in spite, of that Mayor Rob Ford essentially told his media and other detractors to "eat cake."
As the media circus continued to swirl around him, the vultures gossiped and the (treasure) hunt for the alleged crack-cocaine video continued, Ford continued on with "business as usual" as if it was just another day.
In fact, at a mini-birthday celebration after executive committee broke for lunch - I was the only media person there - he joked about only being able to eat one slice of cake (because of the waist line) before walking out of his office to offer the media standing there a few slices of the sugary cake.
I didn't have any. I went to wish the mayor a "Happy Birthday" and to see how his staff were faring following the departure of his two communications staffers Monday. Despite the pressure cooker under which they are operating, they seemed to be doing fine.
Ford got through executive committee - sitting respectfully as he spent the morning listening to dozens of speakers for and against the presence of the hateful group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) in this year's Gay Pride parade.
Ironically, many of those who came to bully city staff into giving Pride their grant this year - despite Pride's mishandling of this file and their own acceptance of this hateful agenda dressed in the guise of free speech - are the same cast of characters who bully Ford on Twitter and in council.
Let's see now. There was Kristyn Wong-Tam (who actually paid for QuAIA's website for 18 months until she realized she better stop if she wanted to win the 2010 election), Adam Vaughan and Janet Davis. The usual suspects.
If we listen to the media pirahnas and the Twitterati dish the dirt with almost a delicious zeal, Ford is one step from being put out to pasture. It is only a matter of time. (Hey whatever happened to all those champions of anti-bullying campaigns? Are they selective about who should not be bullied? Are chubby, sweaty mayors a rightful target?)
Perhaps they're right. Perhaps they're not. Perhaps it is all just wishful thinking by my left-wing media colleagues and the vocal public teat-suckers who will not rest, I'm convinced, until they force the mayor out on a stretcher.
They even torqued Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday's comments about the video, so desperate are they to prove that Ford is a crack-cocaine addict.
Holyday told me he believes that the Toronto Star reporters saw a video BUT, and this is a big BUT, he's still unsure if the video is authentic. Full stop.
Nevertheless, judging from the activities of Tuesday, I would say the rumours of Ford's demise are grossly exaggerated.
I would also say, judging from the Forum poll we ran in our newspaper Tuesday, his approval rating is still around 42%, just slightly down from the 44% he had earlier this month. That is despite the fact that 51% polled thought the video was authentic.
The latter finding was particularly interesting - namely that even if the mayor is proven to have some dealings with crack cocaine, there are people in this city who are prepared to cut him some slack and not have their perspective on the matter dictated by the Toronto Star.
I'm amazed, in fact, that the very leftists who are out to crucify him for a possible addiction (and I'm not suggesting he has an addiction to crack cocaine) are the ones pushing harm-reduction and publicly-funded safe crack kits for their special interest groups.
I guess an addiction is only acceptable if one is a Lib-left addict.
The hypocrisy on all of this has been incredibly disgraceful.
You'd think from the behaviour of the media hordes that there isn't a whole world out there.
Councillor Michael Thompson perhaps said it best when he spoke about the mayor meeting with a bunch of Upper Canada College students Tuesday.
One reporter asked him breathlessly if he felt "comfortable" exposing the mayor to the students.
"You should have seen how the students reacted to him ... he was like a rock star with the students," Thompson responded.
"We will continue introducing students to the mayor ... there is a world outside City Hall."
It was too funny. The poor reporter didn't know what to do, or say.