The phenomenon that is Rob Ford continues to fascinate Canada watchers, from Jimmy Kimmel to Jon Stewart.
They're baffled how a guy who's admitted to smoking crack, who's allegedly consorted with drug dealers, who's been recorded in ill-considered drunken rants and talking to reporters about having oral sex with his wife is still considered a legitimate contender for re-election as mayor of Toronto in October.
But Colin Horgan, in a column for Britain's Guardian newspaper, thinks he's hit on a plausible explanation.
People simply love a bad boy, as long as he's not being directly bad to them.
Observers such as Kimmel see Ford shattering the stereotype of the polite, boring Canadian. But Horgan, a Canadian political writer, says Ford is just the latest in a long line of misbehaving mayors who triumph at the ballot box.
"His case might seem baffling, but it's not unprecedented," he writes. "Ford isn’t the first city leader to become embroiled in scandal only to see his poll numbersRead More »from Rob Ford is a character right out of The Simpsons, British writer argues