QUOTED: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains why all Canadians secretly adore Rob Ford

QUOTED: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains why all Canadians secretly adore Rob Ford

“I think that after a lifetime of being typecast as the tall guy in the corner in the ribbed turtleneck and ugly Kodiak boots, Canadians may be secretly loving this chance to suggest to the world that deep inside each and every one of us lurks a 300-pound loon perfectly capable of flattening a city council member in his attempt to jump a heckler in the middle of a council meeting.”

Slate senior editor and Canadian expat Dahlia Lithwick, arguing that Rob Ford embodies our oh-so-polite country’s deep-seated desire to wreak havoc. In a funny, insightful piece entitled “Canada’s Golem,” Lithwick suggests this is why Canadians, deep down, really love the outrageous mayor—which perhaps explains our collective appetite for every single lurid detail about his misadventures. [Slate]

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