Saturday, October 23, 2010
When a Fordzilla Attacks Toronto
Gawd. Living in Toronto isn't easy eh? First we had the G20 to show us how it feels to live in a police state. Nasty. And now we're under attack by a humungous Fordzilla.
A crass right-wing bigot bully who could be the city's next mayor.
And here's the problem. Like many other lefty types I'd like to vote for Joe Pantalone. But unless his supporters switch their votes to George Smitherman, Ford will probably win.
Mayor Joe isn’t going to happen. He’s lost. A vote for him is a statement of principle they could make much more eloquently — and risk-free — with a blog, a Tweet or a letter to the editor explaining why they voted for their second choice.
So I'm with Jonathan Goldsbie:
“I am not a fan of strategic voting,” he wrote, “but neither am I a fan of regret and ridicule; I want to be able to live with myself for the next four years.”
And with Alice Klein
Democracy is not soul food. Elections are not some romantic ideal designed to inspire potential voters. They are duke-outs for the reins of real power. They absolutely have consequences that affect us all, and they demand a healthy, critical rationality.
God save us from the electoral idealists who want you to "vote with your heart." Time after time, they are the right-wing’s secret weapon.
Because it's so true. Progressives need to get real. Stop picking the lint out of their navels, while the bad guys win.
Smitherman is a bit too right-wing for me. And I'm sorry Pantalone is not more popular. But anyone who thinks Smitherman is as bad as Ford is either a Con or an IDIOT.
And surely we can all agree.
That ANYTHING is better than this...
Yup. Sharpen your pencils everyone.
The alarm bells are ringing. Progressives need to get real.
And the Fordzilla must be DEFEATED...