Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Pulls a Marion Barry

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May 17 2013 8:24 AM

Opening Act: The Hoser Set Me Up, Eh?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford waves the Pan American flag during the closing ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games on October 30, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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As Toronto Mayor Rob Ford deals with a video tape purportedly showing him smoking crack and using slurs, it's a fun time to revisit Vice's look at his inability to look sane on camera.

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Correction, May 17, 2013: This post originally misspelled Carol Leonnig's last name.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


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