I have been trying to explain Canadian scandals to people here in the United States, and believe me it’s not easy.
Oh, people get Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto. When he said he smoked crack, we understood. We still remember Marion Barry’s encounter with the DEA. And when Ford said he did it in one of his “drunken stupors,” well, we’ve all been there and done things we’d like to forget, haven’t we? I remember, back in boarding school, waking up the junior dorm at midnight. Not my finest hour.
As for “getting hammered down on the Danforth,” I’ll bet that that’s something a lot of Toronto’s Bay Street lawyers do, of a Saturday night. Then there was the "drunken ruckus" during a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game, where he shouted obscenities and insults until he was ejected. Perfectly understandable, if you follow the Leafs.
But let me ask, is that all they’ve got? Nearly 150 years as a nation, and all they have to show for it are a couple of drunks and a Toronto mayor who smoked crack? He’s not even from Toronto. He’s from the suburb of Etobicoke. Different thing entirely.
Call them the Sabotage Republicans.
They have been busily at work in Virginia these last few weeks, sabotaging the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Remember these headlines?
- From 2012: Romney Loses; Conservatives Weigh Limiting Clout of GOP Establishment
- From 2008: McCain Loses: Conservatives Call for GOP Reform
- From 2004: Bush Narrowly Beats Kerry; Conservatives Call for Rove Resignation
- From 2000: Bush wins by Supreme Court vote: Conservatives Call for End of “Compassionate Conservatism”
- From 1996: Dole Loses: Conservatives Demand End to Moderate Nominees
- From 1992: Bush Loses to Clinton: Conservatives Weigh Restrictions on GOP Establishment
If you don’t recall these headlines, no, your memory isn’t failing. They were never written. And if you saw these headlines yesterday your eyes weren’t failing you either. They were written:
“He’s a businessman. I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” -- Vito Corleone in The Godfather
Al Sharpton and Jon Corzine.
President Obama and Obamacare.
It is a huge mistake to see the attack on Donald Trump by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a $40 million lawsuit over Trump University, as an isolated, Trump-centric event.
But let’s begin with Donald Trump. Who last week filed 150-plus pages of court documents requesting a complete dismissal of the lawsuit, itemizing in devastating detail the bogus nature of Schneiderman’s case. Labeling the lawsuit as “nothing more than a baseless attempt to garner publicity and further his own political ambitions,” Trump also announced he would be filing an ethics complaint against Schneiderman with the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Let’s begin specifically by thinking of Donald Trump’s multi-billion dollar, resoundingly successful company -- The Trump Organization -- as Khartoum the race horse.
Khartoum the race horse?